Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English

First Advisor's Name

John Dufresne

First Advisor's Committee Title

Comitte Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Les Standiford

Third Advisor's Name

Bruce Harvey

Date of Defense

3-8-2012

Abstract

THE FISHERMAN, a novel set during Prohibition, explores the relationships of the Constanin family in St. Pierre, a French fishing village on the island of St. Pierre et Miquelon in the North Atlantic. The novel depicts the family’s proud Basque fishing traditions, the struggle between father and son, the perils of life on a 120-foot rum-running schooner, and the pursuit of a mob boss through the mean streets of New York City. It is a first-person, historical narrative set in multiple locations. It is a character-driven story like The Kite Runner, but with the attention to rich historical detail akin to Water for Elephants. THE FISHERMAN recreates another time, place and practice–in this case, the grueling lives of cod fisherman in the North Atlantic. In the end, Daniel discovers that he is indeed a fisherman. He becomes the man he hoped he would be–his father’s son.

Identifier

FI12042317

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