Activities of daily living stories

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing



First Advisor

Moffett, Kevin

Second Advisor

Paegle, Julie


Activities of Daily Living is a collection of short fiction and consists of ten short stories ranging from father-daughter stories to themes of identity, romantic relationships and feelings of aimlessness and not belonging. Dispersed throughout are small one- or two-page pieces of numbered flash fiction that act as thematic markers, setting the tone for the stories that follow, and for the collection as a whole. The collection includes a handful of short stories whose cohesion lies in the quiet tone and subtle humor in which each story is told, as well as the recurring themes of loss, family, and relationships of varying dynamics. Each story centers around Thoreau's "lives of quiet desperation."

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