Date of Award

Spring 4-21-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Laura Newbern


Fiction - A full novel manuscript. Lon has lost his voice and it isn’t coming back. Having recently survived throat cancer, any hopes Lon once had about a music career in Nashville have been buried under his medical debts. Forced to move back home to Rubyville, a small town in the mountains of Tennessee, Lon lives with his no-nonsense mom Mary, and has reconnected with his high school girlfriend Rose, whose work as a call-girl Lon has failed to accept. As he retreats and sabotages his relationships, Lon turns to a precocious and seemingly mystic flock of crows for company and guidance as he seeks to recover his voice and his humanity.

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