Portland State University. Department of English
Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Creative Writing
1 online resource (iii, 114 p.)
American fiction, Mothers, Russia, Vietnam, Veterans, Displacement (Psychology) -- Fiction, Parent and child -- Fiction, Families -- Fiction
Collected Stories revolves around characters in Pennsylvania, California, and Oregon. Though the stories are not linked, the theme of displacement and abandonment are explored throughout my work. Characters are displaced, such as Vietnam veterans and Russian international students living in America. Some protagonists are displaced simply by the actions or circumstances of their parents. Such parents choose not to act as parental figures or have passed away, leaving the children to figure out their roles in their families. The children decide, essentially, how to redefine themselves.
Derrick, Sandra Kelly, "Motherland: Collected Stories" (2011). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 1216.