Document Type



Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Creative Writing

First Advisor's Name

Lynne Barrett

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Bruce Harvey

Third Advisor's Name

John Dufresne

Date of Defense



FLORIDA PURE is a satiric novel set in the orange juice industry of contemporary Florida that begins when the deaths of four migrant workers lead to the demise of the orange juice company, Florida Pure. The novel follows three plot lines that result from this demise. The company's fallen president has to cope with the loss of the company as well as the more recent loss of his wife, who has left him for the governor of Florida. A former Florida Pure trucker purchases an orange grove to make juice "honestly." And three brothers from Brazil seek to destroy the orange crop as a way of boosting global orange prices, which have fallen as a result of decreased juice demand. Light in tone, the narrative works to reflect the absurdity of modem life through themes of greed, social corruption, and the notion of destiny.



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