Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts
This historical novel is a book-within-a-book. Eden: A Genesis--A History of the Carson Family is framed as a work of nonfiction by the fictional character Lee Rickels. The collection of artifacts assembled by Rickels includes interviews, journal entries, and news clippings covering a fifty-year period following the family line of Frank and Ada Carson, who met in 1920s Chicago and escaped to Eden, an unsettled island in Lake Huron where they built their own community. The false documents are bookended by a foreword and afterword by Rickels and footnoted throughout, creating a double narrative on the subjectivity of history. The book is about home and the way family and place--the two primary aspects of home--change over time. It blurs fact and fiction to suggest that each is critical to understanding truth.
Stefanie Brook Trout
Trout, Stefanie Brook, "Call it Eden: a novel" (2015). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 14421.