The Hickory Wind Assignment

by Bryan, Susan Lynn

Abstract (Summary)
BRYAN, SUSAN LYNN. The Hickory Wind Assignment. (Under the direction of Wilton Barnhardt.) This novel timelines a young woman protagonist?s personal and professional struggle over the course of four days. While the action of the novel unravels during this four-day reporting assignment, the protagonist?s monologues reflect on her misfortunate life, and how her twenty-four years have been punctuated by tragedy, death, God-lessness, orphanhood, depression, alcoholism and loneliness. While this story is a character driven narrative, its backdrop is a murder mystery wherein the protagonist uncovers clues and ultimately cracks the case, despite being disregarded by her lover/married boss, and annoyed by her co-worker/foil. The protagonist is a ?city girl? and is sent into the slums of country trailer life. It is there where she defrosts through befriending a retarded child, and where she finds meaning in her life by freeing a misunderstood criminal who is an unconscious reflection of herself.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:John Kessel

School:North Carolina State University

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:creative writing


Date of Publication:07/31/2007

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