Murray State Theses and Dissertations




“Prosthesis” is a collection of short fiction that explores, primarily, loss. Whether it’s the loss of a friend, the devastation in the wake of a failed marriage, or the emptiness that occurs when one’s overriding personal philosophy is suddenly suspect, the protagonists in each of the stories in this collection put themselves on trial, post-loss, and struggle to metabolize their new realities. The stories in this collection aren’t looking for answers, but rather to add to the rich history of self-aware literature that has preceded it; that life has no certainty, is never static; that the only way to effectively deal with these losses, as artists, is to dissect these many and myriad small moments and share them with each other, like casting a baited hook into the lake, that some reader might be caught, reeled into their own meaning and interpretation, and add that new, small thing to their journey.

Year manuscript completed


Year degree awarded


Degree Awarded

Master of Fine Arts


English and Philosophy


College of Humanities and Fine Arts

Thesis Advisor

Julia Watts

Committee Chair

Julia Watts

Committee Member

Nickole Brown

Committee Member

Lynn Pruett

Document Type


Included in

Fiction Commons