Theses and Dissertations


Goodbye Town

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Hagenston, Becky

Committee Member

Marsh, Kelly

Committee Member

Kardos, Michael P.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Department of English


My collection of short stories is set in the fictional town of Lockswood Gap, Tennessee, and centers around the lives of four women. Through various points of view and story lengths, I interweave several story lines to span over a time period of about twenty years. Themes of change and regret are prevalent in these stories, as each of these four women must make, or refuse to make, choices that will impact their lives. I modeled my collection after Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad, using individual short stories that share the same group of characters to tell a novel-length story. The ten stories included in my thesis will comprise about threeourths of the novel, and I will add several more to it following my graduation.