Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Department of English: Writing
Ricardo C. Cruz
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.
Jarot, Jeffrey James, "Zuzu's Petals" (2013). Theses and Dissertations. 67.