Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
David Anthony Durham
Stonecoast MFA, short stories, human experience, complex characters
When Lonesome Rains Come Close Inside is a collection of short written works by Mary Katherine Spain. In “Out Shelby,” we witness the corrosive effects of familial co-dependency and manipulation in rural Kentucky and the struggles of its ten-year old female narrator, Laura Neil, as she tries to protect the one thing she can relate to: the family hound dog; “Take My Hand” is an urban caper that explores the dependency of strangers in the struggle for self-preservation and the comic relief such shenanigans can often yield; “Look for the Octopus” follows a loosely-tethered elementary school teacher named Penelope Richards as she attempts to protect her opus, a school musical she has written and produced; “A Fortune” examines the malady of malaise brought on by too much affluence as we witness the emotional blunting its worried-well main character, Gillian, is forced to subsist on. The collection closes with an excerpt from a novel-in-progress entitled, Fiddler’s Reach.
Spain, Mary Katherine, "When Lonesome Rains Come Close Inside" (2016). All Theses & Dissertations. 291.