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Publication Date

Spring 2019

Degree Type

Thesis - Campus Access Only

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


English and Comparative Literature


Scott Sublett


best man, comedy, marriage, wedding, wedding comedy, wine

Subject Areas

English literature


Wine Country is a creative work that explores the relationship between traditional wedding roles and comedy. The virgin protagonist, Tony, deals with the expectations of being the best man at his older brother's wedding over the weekend leading up to the ceremony. His family members, particularly his macho uncle Tio and his gold-digging, seductress fiancée, challenge Tony’s idea of what a good best man should be after a drunken bachelor party goes wrong. After Tio’s fiancée seduces Tony’s hither to incorruptible older brother and holds the wedding ring hostage, Tony discovers getting his older brother off the hook requires putting himself at odds with his family's traditional expectations of what a best man is. The usually timid Tony keeps his family off the scent of his older brother's adultery by heavily flirting with the raunchy cougar and drinking too much with her, but alienates the bride's family along the way. Eventually Tony finds a way to get the ring back from his gold-digging aunt while keeping his brother’s infidelity a secret from both families: at the conclusion of the story he tricks the family into thinking they've caught him having sex with the seductress and gets his brother off the hook with his suspicious bride.