Title

Life After Letty

Date of Award

6-2-2011

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Arts and Culture

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies

Department

Arts & Culture

Advisor

Jennifer Zukowski Boughn

Keywords

Afterlife; belonging; creative writing; isolation

Abstract

Life after Letty is a novel that explores themes of isolation, belonging and life after death. Its primary question explores what happens if our answers about life do not become clear at death. It is set in an alternate reality in which the protagonist, Letty, exists beyond the point of her death. Trapped in a type of unbearable ennui, Letty struggles to find meaning in her afterlife. She is isolated from her surroundings and has lost her reason for existing. Upon meeting Michael, Letty is exposed to a new way of looking at death. Michael shows Letty the importance of cultivating her own meaning and purpose. Everything she believes about reality is challenged and transformed through her relationship with Michael.

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