Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
First Advisor's Name
Prof. Lynne Barrett
First Advisor's Committee Title
Second Advisor's Name
Prof. John Dufresne
Second Advisor's Committee Title
Third Advisor's Name
Prof. Mark Kelley
Third Advisor's Committee Title
short stories, fiction, historical, transitions, identities, gay
Date of Defense
Shadows of the Morning Twilight is a collection of seven short stories and one novella about men who, facing transitions in their lives and in society, grapple with issues of sexual identity, residency, past traumas, and corruption. In the noir-influenced title novella, Nick Esposito, a mid-1970s journalism student, faces dangerous choices when he reports on the sale of a gay bar that is covertly owned by the mafia. Some characters see themselves as trapped. In “Final Score,” a former football player struggling with dementia finds a reason to live when he mentors a young gay man. In “Psyched,” “Phantoms of Alligator Alley,” and “Blood Brothers,” sudden recognition scenes that draw upon Flannery O’Connor’s dramatic structures reveal characters’ true identities, leading to new possibilities. Shadows of the Morning Twilight examines the surprising ways that characters can connect as secrets spill out into the sunlight, transforming lives.
LaPadula, Philip A., "Shadows of the Morning Twilight" (2021). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 4684.
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