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Date of Award

Spring 2019

Document Type

Masters Thesis (Campus-Only Access)

Department or Program Affiliation

English - Creative Writing

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Magee, Kelly, 1976-

Second Advisor

Kahakauwila, Kristiana

Third Advisor

Yu, Ning, 1955-


There Is Only Us is a collection of short speculative fiction in which each story is an act of intimacy—an altered world shown through the lens of a close relationship. In these stories, brothers, sisters, lovers, mothers, and daughters come together in myriad constellations, often so that one character can make a body-altering choice of extreme proportions. These stories ponder what makes us human, how our humanness is inextricably tied to our bodies, and how our bodies are inextricably tied to those we love. In a variety of forms—from a satirical retelling of Noah’s Ark to a sister drama revolving around naked mole rats—There Is Only Us presents a series of escalating scenarios, simultaneously intimate and absurd, that pose the question: How much can you change and still be you?




body, intimacy, speculative, absurd, family, mother, daughter


Western Washington University

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Subject – LCSH

Identity (Psychology)--Fiction; Self--Fiction; Human body--Fiction; Families--Fiction




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