Year of Award
Professional Paper - Campus Access Only
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Creative Writing (Fiction)
Department or School/College
Department of English
Kristin Dahl Horejsi, William Kittredge
Alaska, Boron, California City, Child Protective Services, Christianity, hot springs, Mojave Desert, mountain lion
University of Montana
California City is the beginning of a novel. The narrator, Jane, returns to her hometown in the Mojave Desert upon the death of her close friendâ€™s child. The town was established in the 1950â€™s when a developer acquired land and built a town that he believed would become Californiaâ€™s next big metropolis. A population of 9,000 people inhabits the town now, but paved roads stretch out for 200 square miles. Land-wise, it is second in size only to Los Angeles. Jane and her friends used to believe in a brand of Christianity that emphasized miraculous healings and resurrections. Her friends are praying that the child will be raised. Jane spends time with her parents and old friends and recalls the strange stories of the people she knew in California City. Also included are three short stories: â€œUp Birch Creek,â€ â€œTreeâ€™d,â€ and â€œMarried.â€ Each of these takes place in Montana. In â€œUp Birch Creek,â€ a 30-year-old restaurant hostess returns to the place where her family homesteaded. In â€œTreeâ€™d,â€ a young girl goes mountain lion hunting with strangers. In â€œMarried,â€ a young married woman begins to lose her mind after some pencil lead becomes lodged in the skin of her infant daughter.
Haggerty, Shawn Briana, "California City" (2012). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 166.
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