All Things Occur in the Heights
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This thesis submission is a novel-in-progress written during a three-year period of M.F.A. study at Colorado State University. Written in polyphonic omniscient point of view, the novel applies a modular narrative design, following the lives of four characters from 1945 through 2010. The setting is Waterbury, CT, a diverse city, and the location of Holy Land, a now abandoned Catholic amusement park. As the city and its people struggle to define themselves in personal memory, in history, from corruption and poverty, the park's sixty-foot illuminated cross shines out across the city every night and ...