Date of Defense


Date of Graduation




First Advisor

Thisbe Nissen

Second Advisor

Jeffrey Abshear

Third Advisor

Dustin Hoffman


A collection of short stories worked upon over two years independently and one semester guided by Thisbe Nissen. The title story is the first acceptable story written, and was the direction the other stories also followed, using varying sentence structure and concrete images. Some stories experiment with time while others experiment with unreliable narrators. All play with the lengths people will go to in order to satisfy their desires. Or, as in one story, what one will do when one knows no way of satisfying her desire; or, as in another, how retrospection can add another level of yearning. There are seven stories in all, whose titles are as follows: “The Kettle,” “Bones,” “Maura, Eighteen, Child of Spirit Vision,” “And Then the Ice Caps Will Melt and People Will Move to Higher Elevations,” “Time’s Feet,” “January Winds,” and “With Eye-Light and Love.” Influences stem from Haruki Murakami, along with Kelly Link, Ben Marcus, and Miranda July, though some probably also came from student writers in workshop classes who had written more successful stories. Printed on 60lb paper by Superior Imaging Printmill. Hand-sewn and bound into a book (by the author) at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center. Garamond type, 59 pages, 5.5” x 8.5”


Photographs of book accompanying.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Restricted