Date of Award

11-10-2013

Document Type

Thesis and Dissertation

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Department of English: Writing

First Advisor

Ricardo C. Cruz

Abstract

Zuzu's Petals relates the travails of Jules and Julie, a couple whose marriage is in the process of breaking apart. Jules has a "fanboyish" obsession with the 1946 Frank Capra film "It's a Wonderful Life." Furthermore, he is fixated on his own past, and his eccentric behavior has caused his disenchanted wife to seek romantic and emotional solace in David, an old flame from high school. Their child, Zuzu, who was named at Jules' insistence after a key character in the Capra film, has herself sensed that something is amiss in her parents' dealings with each other. The story's narrative perspective alternates among these characters.

Comments

Imported from ProQuest Jarot_ilstu_0092N_10114.pdf

Page Count

91

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