Year of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Campus Access Only

Degree Type

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Degree Name

Creative Writing (Fiction)

Department or School/College

Department of English

Committee Chair

Stephen Amidon

Commitee Members

Kevin Canty, Stephen Kalm


fiction, literature, magical realism


University of Montana


Three Missoula misfits stumble upon a mermaid in an abandoned lot. The mermaid becomes the center of a freak show in which the three misfits perform their individual quirks for a constantly growing audience. Gradually, the repeated performances take their toll and the misfits find themselves physically mutating in unexpected and disturbing ways.

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