Identifier

etd-04152013-111500

Degree

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

In this novel set in 2007 New Orleans, the troubled time after Hurricane Katrina, a restauranteur, Beth Richmond, struggles to keep her business humming while her staff manages the stress of rebuilding after the storm. The losses of her executive chef include his home, his marriage, and his motivation to work, resulting in his crippling addiction. Meanwhile, the father of Beth’s son, absent for almost eighteen years, reappears in the spirit of curiosity and reconciliation. Because her industry saps much of her ability to connect to others, Beth finds herself lonely and isolated while constantly in the midst of others who need her. Reduced By Half is her story of discovering her priorities and learning how her heritage has made food her expression of love.

Date

2013

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

Secure the entire work for patent and/or proprietary purposes for a period of one year. Student has submitted appropriate documentation which states: During this period the copyright owner also agrees not to exercise her/his ownership rights, including public use in works, without prior authorization from LSU. At the end of the one year period, either we or LSU may request an automatic extension for one additional year. At the end of the one year secure period (or its extension, if such is requested), the work will be released for access worldwide.

Committee Chair

Wilcox, James

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