Tales from a Secondhand Minivan / War Child

Date of Award

Spring 2019

Document Type

Bibliographic Record

Call Number

PS3607.E655 T35 2018

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

David Anthony Durham

Second Advisor

Breena Clarke

Third Advisor

Justin Tussing


Tales from a Secondhand Minivan/War Child is a collection of stories written in the front seat of a 2006 Chrysler Town & Country.

Inspired by the author’s lifelong wanderlust, this collection of flash and short fiction stories explores themes of escape, release, mortality, mental illness, and war. Roads and cars are prominent in these stories, serving as settings, objects of obsession, and even as characters. Tales from a Secondhand Minivan/War Child also travels beyond the end of the road, reimagining popular culture’s theories of the afterlife and offering a look at children who suffer the effects of adults’ wars. These stories experiment with form and voice, and they employ poetic devices such as repetition, rhythm, and alliteration.


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