Five chapters of a larger novel

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Matthew W. Barrett (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Craig Nova

Abstract: The purpose of this thesis was to write the majority of a novel. Each chapter is divided into self-contained stories, all of which were told by different characters. I used either first or third person throughout, depending on the subject matter at hand. The opening story, told by the mother, introduces several characters including her son, Roland, and a girl named Finley, while also establishing the mother's insecurities about her marriage. Chapter two, or "The Girl's Story," follows Finley's attempt to connect with her biological mother, who has instead started a family without her. "Barbara's Story," which comes next chronologically and in the collection, reveals that Finley has decided to move away from her legal guardian and to try and start a life on her own. After failing to make enough money, Finley agrees to "fall in love" with Roland in "The Father's Story," a request which directly relates to past events in the father's life. Roland and Finley then meet in "The Chinese Restaurant," and after a catastrophic evening, decide to drive away to New Jersey.

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Language: English
Date: 2015
Creative Writing, Fiction
Families $v Fiction

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