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Open Access Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts



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Adam Novy

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Kevin Moffett

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“Daffodils” is a collection of three fictional short stories without obvious thematic connection, yet all containing tenacious female characters. “The Winner” is told from the unflinching voice of a young wife in her struggle for control within the newfound environment of a Massachusetts boarding school. “The Seers” is a dystopian story, taking place in a world with months of “Sun” and months of dark at a time, intimately describing the effects of this phenomenon upon the civilization. Lastly, “Plastic Flowers” examines the loss of love and comfort within a relationship, depicting the insecurities of young adult life in New York City. The three stories vary in perspective, tense, genre, and setting, which allowed me to experiment broadly within fictional short story writing. An in depth introduction describing my process and inspiration for writing is included. Please enjoy!

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