Date of Award
Master of Arts
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.
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Suzanne Mary Grafwallner
Grafwallner, Suzanne Mary, "Swimming away on nerves alone" (2004). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 16217.