Date of Graduation

2013

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

Degree Type

MFA

College

Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Department

English

Committee Chair

Mark Brazaitis

Committee Co-Chair

Kathleen Fallon

Committee Member

Maurice Glenn Taylor

Abstract

Ash Street in Orange County, California is quickly changing. Originally a packinghouse barrio, the neighborhood is in the process of gentrification. This collection of linked short stories follows the lives of four of the houses' inhabitants---the Gonzalez family, Francisco Romero, Madeline Davies, and Amanda and Richard Perkins. The stories examine the tension that arises from living in a shifting landscape as the characters face issues of identity, place, and unaddressed history in Orange County, California.

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