Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Dead Letters chronicles the absurdity of modern suburban life through the eyes of Walt Sellers, a postal carrier of over forty years trying to drink away the remaining months he has left on the job, and Frank Murphy, Jr., a young, unpublished writer looking for a story worth writing. Though the two story arcs may seem divergent at first, one gradually implodes into the other, forming a metafictional black hole so powerful, the reader can never quite be sure which reality he’s supposed to be in, nor who is truly narrating. Packed with satire, experimental writing, short stories, contemporary realism, dual narration, and philosophical thought experiments, Dead Letters is a work of fiction that both comments on and subverts the conventions of the traditional novel.
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Banecker, Andrew Hutton, "Dead Letters" (2008). LSU Master's Theses. 2253.
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