Parker, Michael

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Bookeater and other love stories 2006 2476 The characters who inhabit Bookeater and Other Love Stories have little in common with each other. Their stories are not interconnected. However, they do share an almost overwhelming desire to connect, to unite with someone--or something--in order to...
Children in the storm 2007 1637 "In these six stories, I explore my belief that each of us, old or young, is constantly changing so much so that within a few years, we are hardly a reflection of our old selves. As children, we grow up under the shadow of an adult world. We are give...
Village of Petrified Men 2007 2222 "These stories often concern themselves with men chasing down a flawed sort of manhood. In these characters' minds, masculinity is a romantic mix of failure and drink, of chasing the wrong women and brooding in the face of calamity. These people like...
Plastic heart neighborhood 2007 567 "This thesis includes the body of my work produced while in the MFA program. I have chosen to submit six short stories that have been extensively revised with peers and advisors. It is the work I consider to be the best possible representative of my ...
Quiet work: stories 2009 1738 Quiet Work is a collection of short stories unified by the way in which characters experience the tectonics of emotion: The hidden turbulence below the surface, the silent collisions of want and need which bring an individual to the point of transfor...
Charity, Nevada 2009 1025 This novel excerpt presents the stories of three residents of the fictional town of Charity, Nevada....
Animal cruelty 2010 1215 The purpose of this thesis is to explore the widely differing circumstances under which misanthropy flourishes. A short story collection, this thesis follows characters from various walks of life. Protagonists include a high school student, an accoun...
Outlanders. 2010 779 The stories in Outlanders involve characters who live their lives on the outside of things—relationships, reality, social norms—even as they simultaneously desire and resist becoming part of the “inside.”...
Somewheres Else 2010 740 This thesis is a lot about fathers and sons – in Philadelphia mostly, but sometimes on the Pacific....
The bare minimum 2011 4816 This thesis is a collection of short stories....
Big island: stories 2012 1322 The stories in this collection take place on the island of Hawaii, also known as the Big Island. As inhabitants of a place widely considered as a paradise, the characters in these stories are unable to see their home as a paradise, and are forced fin...
A film of flesh envelops us 2013 577 This collection includes three stories (and an excerpt from a novel) that inhabit the space between the realistic and the fantastic. The characters in these stories are afflicted with those peculiarly human illnesses: boredom, grief, madness, and sol...
Trying to reach a hundred with you 2015 54 This thesis consists of the first three chapters of a novel, the working title of which is Trying to Reach a Hundred with You. It is the story of Larry Zachary Brian, twenty-three, a community college dropout, resident of Portland, Oregon, whose only...
Another coast 2016 1 The five stories in this collection examine spaces and boundaries, both physical and not, that shape our shifting dynamics of power, memory, and loss at key moments. Presented in a range of points of view, the stories move from the West Coast of the ...
Flowers for America, stories 2014 536 These stories are part of a cycle of stories that shares a central character whose life has been ravaged by war....
River runners 2019 246 This collection of stories attempts to explore obsessions with sport and how those obsessions change the lives of the characters involved....
The other part and other stories 2011 4507 For the most part, these fictional short stories are about romantic relationships....
No new snow to cover the snow: two stories 2012 544 This thesis is comprised of two pieces of fiction. Each takes place in the fictional Hinge County, North Carolina. The first story, "Winter, Keep Us Warm," deals with the themes of fear and desire, and how they intertwine with one another. The second...
Children at play 2016 521 The six stories in this collection represent the best of my work as a student of creative writing. They explore the transition from adolescence to adulthood, the attempt to navigate the emotional space between oneself and the outside world, and the n...
Ray and other stories 2017 114 This thesis is a collection of six short stories centered around the friendship of two characters, Ray and Thomas. The narrator, Thomas, is the chronicler of the stories, which tell of their friendship from a young age to when they are adults. The fi...
Underway 2013 72 The four stories in this manuscript explore the complexities of relationships and family dynamics. The first story, "When Not Moored, at Anchor, or Aground," follows a girl who must deal with the knowledge of having witnessed an act that threatens he...
Habits of solitude 2013 87 Four works of original short fiction: "Bleeding Room," about a love affair between two workers in a Texas slaughterhouse; "The Pregnant Whale," about a man who investigates the life of the father he never knew; "Anthony Grant the Only," in which a fa...
Touch me where I'm rusting 2014 72 This excerpt from the novel Touch Me Where I'm Rusting explores Penelope Moore's immersion into an ugly, violent and at times profoundly beautiful remote Australian community of orchard workers. In the wake of a failing relationship, Penelope moves f...
Mean when hungry and other stories 2015 54 Here there are mining strikes, bootleggers, lovers of Colonial times, and formidable dogs in short story form, told through a variety of different narrative structures....
But it's not 2015 45 This thesis contains a collection of four short stories written while in residence at the Master's in Fine Arts program at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro....
Past possible paths 2015 94 Grazed: A shy expatriate woman in Paris desires connection, but finds that when she reaches out for it, it’s not what she expected. Ailments: A recent college grad takes up work with an aging man who is trying to sell off his ...