Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2021

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

English

Major

Creative Writing and Environment

First Advisor

Kenneth L Cook

Abstract

My So-Called Restaurant: A Novel in Stories follows the rise and fall of Early Birds, an institution of New York City dining, a restaurant credited with both inspiring, and then outlasting, the explosion of trendy farm-to-table restaurants that followed the successful model of Early Birds’ simple, fresh, seasonally-sourced menu. Told from the perspective of multiple characters, the chapter-stories in this novel-in-stories not only explore the life of the restaurant, but also the lives of the people who work there—servers, chefs, managers, bartenders—and their experience living in the city, working in the industry, and struggling to reconcile the demands of the restaurant with their own personal (often artistic) ambitions.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/etd-20210609-199

Copyright Owner

Eric Williams

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

250 pages

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