Date of Award


Degree Type

Closed Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Josh Russell - Chair

Second Advisor

Dr. John Holman

Third Advisor

Dr. Sheri Joseph


This long work of imagination is a culmination of years of writing about two characters, cousins Barb and Debbie: Barbara Catherin Owens and Deborah Jean Magee. Born in south-eastern Arkansas, Barb and Debbie haunted Amber Nicole Brooks until she initiated them into the world of fiction in an initial short story set in 1970. Since then, many stories, ranging from the 1960s to 1990s, have been born of these characters’ exploits, despair, and erotic encounters. In a drastic overhaul of prose, Amber has reworked the episodes of these characters lives into one long, linear narrative, a thing some folks might perhaps characterize as a novel.


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