Publication Date

Fall 2009

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


English and Comparative Literature


Nicholas Taylor

Subject Areas

Literature, Modern.; Literature, American.


This novel begins during Gabe's junior year at Harbor High School, in a time of his adolescence that is challenging in unexpected ways. Two girls suddenly vie for his attention in surprisingly forward manner, straining his long-standing friendship with Mo. In the foothills outside Oak Bend, a new neighbor antagonizes him, and a new student, the first at Harbor high with Indian heritage, brings a radical shift in perspective to the small town. Gabe is perplexed by the mixed heritage of his own family, and his loneliness deepens as the color line divide in the community grows. As racial tensions escalate at the end of the year, Gabe remains apathetic. When violence breaks out, Gabe is forced to choose a side, and although nothing is proven, a later investigation raises new questions. To escape prosecution, he kidnaps Mo and takes to the road, fleeing the town of Oak Bend. They must confront their tarnished friendship and forge an uneasy alliance if they are to both make it home unscathed.