Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Josh Russell

Second Advisor

John Holman

Third Advisor

Sheri Joseph


Anthem Fanning’s life revolves around Victory Orchard. Her grandmother works there, her best friend lives there, and her life has never made much sense beyond those photo-ready acres of peach trees. The orchard is her happy place, and she would choose it over anywhere. Anthem has a high school diploma now, her best friend has returned for the summer from his first year of college, and Hunt and Tamera, the new people in town, reject Anthem’s belief that the orchard in Brunswick, Georgia is the center of the universe. Every place has a history. The sprawling backdrop of farmland that Anthem knows too well once contained slaves. As Hunt and Tamera force Anthem to confront the history of her beloved orchard and the present realities of black life in America, Anthem learns to cope with a burgeoning ambivalence to her home.


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