Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2004

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

English

Abstract

Swimming Away on Nerves Alone is a fiction short story collection. Each of the four pieces in it reflects the theme of living life without simply going through the motions of it. The title piece, "Swimming Away on Nerves Alone," shows how a mother and son live a life of lies until they come to terms with the father's abusive behavior. The second story, "Birds in Church," is about a woman who struggles with the problem of judging others and refusing to see what makes her own life mundane. The third story in this collection, "A Lesson from Iowa," examines how the two central characters come to terms with living with epilepsy and surviving an armed robbery. The fourth story, "The Taxidermist's Tale," shows how a man's choices in a crisis situation cause another man to die.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-6903

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Suzanne Mary Grafwallner

Language

en

OCLC Number

(OCoLC)60522425

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

63 pages

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