Date of Submission

Spring 2020

Academic Program

Written Arts

Project Advisor 1

Dinaw Mengestu

Project Advisor 2

Luc Sante

Abstract/Artist's Statement

My novella features four friends attempting to navigate the transition between high school and adulthood while coming of age in the midst of political turmoil and an American epidemic of substance misuse. They attend a house party, inebriate, and drive around Los Angeles in a 1996 BMW 7 series while waxing philosophic about God, free-will, and beauty. After purchasing more alcohol, they vandalize a Confederate flag, which incites a road-rage incident. The second half of the novella details their separation from one another and struggles with personal loss and substance abuse.

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