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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

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Fiction, Chicago, Missouri, Bildungsroman, violence, segregation, police brutality, politics



South Shore and Everyplace You Don’t Belong tracks a young man, Claude, raised by his grandmother on Chicago’s South Side. We follow Claude as he experiences tropes familiar to young Chicagoans: segregation, gun violence, gang recruitment, death, police brutality, and crooked politics.

We also follow Claude though universal experiences familiar to all young persons: falling in love, social anxiety, making friends, losing friends, rebellion, and identity crises of all shapes and sizes.

We follow Claude as he experiences America as a young black man.

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