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Item RestrictedAcceleration(Colorado State University. Libraries, 2023) Witthohn, Alec, author; Ausubel, Ramona, advisor; Beachy-Quick, Dan, committee member; Harrow, Del, committee memberAcceleration is a novel following a week of events in the life of Cameron Noh, a model from New York City who travels to Milan for fashion week as labor tensions among transit workers boil in the background. He meets with his agent, Simone, and a wealth of other characters as he debates whether or not to move to Paris. This work is written in the style of the weak novel, as described by Lucy Ives in her article "The Weak Novel," publish in the Baffler 2022. Its content is, more or less, plotless, filled with symbols such as snails, eyes, clothes, darkness and light as Cameron meanders from fashion shows to after-parties, in a kind of hedonic depression, searching for something that might fulfill him. Acceleration is also a comment on capitalist consumption and the culture that surrounds it, the way it generates this searching in all of us under capitalist rule. Eventually, the situation with the transit workers becomes untenable, resulting in what might be an act of terrorism focused on Milan's La Scala Theater. Item RestrictedBundy girls(Colorado State University. Libraries, 2023) Ash, Summer, author; Ausubel, Ramona, advisor; Cooperman, Matthew, committee member; Khrebtan-Horhager, Julia, committee memberBundy Girls is a novel about dark obsessions, female friendship, and the dangers of adolescence. The story's narrator is a high school girl with a crush on one of the most notorious serial killers of the 20th century, Ted Bundy. Her intense bond with her best friend, who is also a Bundy fanatic, led the pair to found the 'Bundy Girls Club' with a group of peers who also enjoy dressing up as serial killers and publishing zines about Bundy. When a classmate goes missing, the girls see an opportunity to use their true-crime knowledge to start their own investigation. But when the mystery gets too close there is more than just friendship at stake for the Bundy Girls. Item RestrictedGutland(Colorado State University. Libraries, 2023) Lear, Megan, author; Ausubel, Ramona, advisor; McConigley, Nina, advisor; Chung, Hye Seung, committee memberGutland is a novel that explores the narrator's self-reliance and search for identity as she cares for her partner's child and father in an isolated village. This novel is a work made of fifteen chapters, divided into two parts. The first part focuses on the narrator's straining relationship, struggles to integrate herself, and emotionally troubling duties of caring for someone else's child. This part also details the inner workings of closed-practice groups such as the Primitive Baptists, the hivemind mentality that comes from growing up in a secluded area, and the trials of gardening. The second part looks closely at the women around the narrator, who integrate her into their group of friends, the growing tensions between the narrator and her absent partner, and the bond growing between the narrator and the preacher, a dying man she takes care of. Item RestrictedHow to clean a heart(Colorado State University. Libraries, 2021) Brousard Norcross, Elena, author; Levy, EJ, advisor; Ausubel, Ramona, advisor; Ipsen, Annabel, committee memberIn this short story collection, How to Clean a Heart I have included eight stories that represent the work I've achieved during my MFA, but also evidence for how I've expanded as a writer. My stories have gone from either collisions of the fantastical and the real, to stories that consider the world and wider contexts. But, my writing will forever be personal and a way to exorcise trauma and grief where I cannot other places. In Mikayla's Ghost, a girl who lives in her dead parent's house takes in a not-so stranger and waits for love's return. In The Foal, Jess must confront how grief has separated her and her dad after a drifter murders her pet foal. How to Clean a Heart concerns Ira and Sage, two young people who love and care for each other but because of their traumas are unable to fully connect. Laurie considers metaphysical, religious and feminist questions of being, the story loosely based on a missing persons case in the Fox Valley. In Ampere, a man made of wood feels love for the first time and it makes him question his purpose in life and his "othering" in society. Little Ghost follows Nenana who returns to her hometown where she first learned her place in the world, something she has been trying to forget ever since. Archaeology for Beginners takes place in the near future, where the last survivors of an economic and environmental apocalypse track what they believe to be the boot prints of Cowboy, 25 as they name him. What follows raises questions of why they are truly making up stories about tracks in the dirt, and how we make meaning at the end of the world. Phases continues looking towards the future where the earth is spinning faster, causing a multitude of changes and chaos in the world. In Kenosha, Wisconsin, Magnolia finds a way to accept that the world and all she knows, is ending. Item RestrictedHundreds of miles between then and now(Colorado State University. Libraries, 2022) Toy, Tyler, author; Ausubel, Ramona, advisor; Altschul, Andrew, committee member; Huibregtse, Gary, committee memberHundreds of Miles Between Then and Now is a novel exploring questions of morality, immigration, and crime through the lens of a Chinese American family travelling through the deserts of eastern California. Jason, the novel's protagonist, reckons with his family's history of organized crime and with the life he wishes to live apart from it as he helps his mother and grandfather escape prosecution for a lifetime of organized crime. Item RestrictedHurricanes make the best bouquets(Colorado State University. Libraries, 2023) Meyer, Eliana, author; Ausubel, Ramona, advisor; McConigley, Nina, committee member; Emami, Sanam, committee memberHurricanes Make the Best Bouquets is a collection of short stories which explores love, loss, isolation, inner strength, and the process and shape of forgiveness. These nine stories reimagine the domestic drama as a place where displaced men and women—mothers, daughters, sisters, divorcees and one widower—search for answers in decomposition, orange blossom perfume, and strange apparitions. From the top of a lighthouse to a Visalia Super 8 to a Salvation Army window display, the heartache these characters experience in the wake of abandonment, death, and self-discovery asks them to adapt to new realities and confront the meaning of home and belonging. Item RestrictedI don't want to be here(Colorado State University. Libraries, 2022) Olson, Sarah, author; Ausubel, Ramona, advisor; Altschul, Andrew, committee member; Anderson, Sharon, committee memberI Don't Want to Be Here is novel that explores questions of consent, ethics, mother-daughter relationships, and community through the lens of the Oak School when it becomes involved in a Me Too scandal. Helen Mathews, a teacher and administrator at Oak and one of the novel's protagonists, is accused of failing to act on knowledge of a student-teacher relationship that occurred in the early 2000s. She is forced to confront the judgment of the school community and her understanding of herself. Meanwhile, her daughter Turtle navigates the ups and downs of senior year and tries to figure out who she is both in relationship to and apart from her mother and the Oak School. Item RestrictedKeepers: a novel(Colorado State University. Libraries, 2023) Carey, Patrick, author; Ausubel, Ramona, advisor; Dungy, Camille, committee member; Emami, Sanam, committee memberKeepers is a novel told through the rotating first-person perspectives of three lighthouse keepers on an island in northern Lake Michigan around twenty-five years from now, in the midst of the Second Great Depression. It takes place during a weeklong visit by one keeper's son, who forces them to reassess their pasts and return to the present. By foregrounding backstory and digging for the differences within repetitions, the novel traces a gradual accrual of emotional and spiritual mass even as individual events seem to blend like raindrops in a puddle. Item RestrictedRecurrence: a novel. Book one(Colorado State University. Libraries, 2023) Shrayfer, Lilia, author; Ausubel, Ramona, advisor; Levy, E. J., advisor; Yalen, Deborah, committee member; Foskin, Kevin, committee memberInspired by the disappearances of over a dozen Soviet Jews during the refugee crisis between 1979-1989 in Italy, this novel aims to offer a speculative portal into the crises of identity that may have led to such tragedy. Spanning three generations of one Bukharan-Jewish family, from Stalin's purges of the 1930's, to Khruschev's Sovietization campaign, to the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan, to the above period of statelessness in Europe, the book explores this family's exile through the lens of Eva Kalandarova's gender and sexual identity. What is transmasculinity for transient lives? What does it mean for someone haunted by the sins of their father? In 1941, Russian poet Anna Akhmatova was evacuated to Central Asia, where she and other Russian writers in exile sought to recreate literary life. It is in Central Asia that she wrote—and later burned—her only play of a writer condemned not only by the state, but by her peers. Her contemporaries at the time, such as Nadezhda Mandelstam, write that she saw the future of the Soviet Union. Inspired by her diary entries detailing typhus-induced hallucinations, the novel speculates on the possibility that Akhmatova's relationship with the landscape and its locals may be found in her work. Accordingly, the novel imagines parallel dreams and associations between the Bukharan Jewish families centered in this book and her writing. Similarly, the novel explores Ladispoli as a mirror to the historical anxieties and traumas of the Jews of Rome. I have aimed for a poets' novel; I have aimed for a historical fiction novel, a speculative novel, a trans-national Jewish novel that imagines new Jewish questions. I have aimed to situate my people amidst the Jewish literature that has too long overlooked them, for even in our silence, we have much to say. Item RestrictedThe twelfth step(Colorado State University. Libraries, 2022) Reagan, Ross, author; Ausubel, Ramona, advisor; Levy, EJ, committee member; Martinez, Doreen, committee memberThis collection of twelve short stories challenges the issues of addiction and recovery in real and fantastical ways. The collection acts as a meta-arc; each story is meant to guide the reader as they progress through the collection either as someone experiencing addiction and working the 12 Steps or as a general audience of short story readership. Within its fictive guise, characters are stationed in worlds familiar and unfamiliar, local and commonplace, and otherworldly and strained. Settings range from the North Maine Woods to the heart of Los Angeles; from an '90s-inspired conversion camp in the Midwest to a fearful, ethically-wrought U.S. in the not-so-distant-future; from a Chick-fil-A to 1969 to the local 12-Step meeting community bulletin board. The past, present, and future of these stories speak loudly and blend thematically. Genre is bent into different modes of contemporary storytelling as an unexpected way to put recovery on the map, while other traditional narrative forms seek to capture a consciousness both uniquely felt and universally understood by readers and addicts alike.