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

John Dufresne

Second Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Member

Third Advisor's Name

Maneck Daruwala

Third Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Member


short stories, fantastic, uncanny

Date of Defense



EMBRACE THE MOON is a collection of six stories that explore how people respond when faced with the impossible. A young woman welcomes a visit from her recently-deceased grandfather in the title story, while the narrator of “A Unicorn in Paris” dismisses the magical creature as a side effect of heartbreak. Like the dark power in Truman Capote’s “Master Misery,” the reality of the ghost and the unicorn remains ambiguous. In other stories, the uncanny is dangerously real, as in Karen Russell’s Vampires in the Lemon Grove. “The Norban Birds of the Count Bartello-Sauvigny” feast on the women they charm with their song, and the little girl who runs out of Farragut State Park is only the first of the fairy tale figures to materialize in “Out of the Woods.” EMBRACE THE MOON offers readers new perspectives on friendship, family, and the power of stories to shape identity.



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