Title

The Clairvoyant of 8th Street

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English

Advisor's Name

Lynne Barrett

Advisor's Title

Committee Chair

Advisor's Name

Les Standiford

Advisor's Name

Yvette Piggush

Keywords

novel, anjanette delgado, clairvoyant, 8th street, women, women's literature, contemporary, clairvoyance, amatory fiction, fiction

Date of Defense

2-16-2012

Abstract

The Clairvoyant of Calle Ocho tells the story of Mariela Valdes, who discovered she was clairvoyant in her teens, but renounced her gift when she failed to foresee her mother’s fatal illness. When her lover is found dead mere yards from her front door, she embarks on a quest to solve the mystery of his death, regain her gift for knowing, and free herself of the fear that has kept her from “seeing” her way to happiness.

Though the novel contains a murder and several mysteries, it is not primarily a murder mystery. Instead, as in the novels of Dame Muriel Spark, crime is just the catalyst for the unraveling of the motivations, secrets, and true characters of a small community. As Mariela conquers her fear of seeing, she discovers the importance of sisterhood among women and comes to a new definition of marriage, infidelity, and forgiveness.

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