Title

Wheatfield

Date of Graduation

2014

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

Degree Type

MFA

College

Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Department

English

Committee Chair

Maurice Glenn Taylor

Committee Co-Chair

Mark Brazaitis

Committee Member

Rosemary Hathaway

Abstract

In Wheatfield, a town in rural Ohio, people work at factories and farms. Generations of people work the same land, go to the same school, and eat in the same local diner. When an economic recession hits Wheatfield the factories and farms close, leaving people struggling to make ends meet. This novel explores the tension Marci and her husband Ray experience as their relationship changes in the face of a miscarriage, unemployment and depression in a place that is equal parts problem and personal identity.

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