Burning Spring

by Reed, Diane J.

Abstract (Summary)
Burning Spring is a creative dissertation submitted by Diane J. Reed to the Division of Research and Advanced Studies of the University of Cincinnati for the degree of Doctorate of Philosophy in the Department of English, 2001. Her Committee Chair is the esteemed fiction writer Erin McGraw.Burning Spring is a novel about an urban Appalachian family's close ties and buried secrets, where the crossed wires of desire can have supernatural consequences. With the restless longing of a bluegrass melody, each character strives to forge a new definition of self, only to find that the intersections of love and hate can go up in flames. In tender but realistic prose, the novel preserves the dignity of an uprooted Appalachian family that is losing its grip in a complex world while also acknowledging the mysterious bonds between mothers, daughters, and sisters utilizing the narrative techniques of magic realism. Ghosts from the past literally haunt the present and the central characters until they are able to come to grips with the demands of their own personal growth and those that they love. Ultimately, both the living and the dead are forced to realize that family devotion can mean the perseverance to hold on as well as the courage to let go.
Bibliographical Information:


School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:burning spring


Date of Publication:01/01/2001

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