Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
First Committee Member
Number of Pages
The Burn: A Novel tells the story of Richie Thornton, a 21-year-old former petty criminal and minor drug dealer. He's left his sordid often violent past behind him, and now lives with his college-age girlfriend, Laurel Metti, and her parents. It's a strained existence, primarily because Richie doesn't feel he belongs, but he makes do, working as a stockman at an organic food store; Then he discovers that his cousin, Robert, has been released from prison early. Robert had been put in prison for attacking Laurel one year ago, and his release spells trouble for the new life Richie and Laurel have established for themselves. Richie ultimately decides it's either Robert or him, and sets about attempting to locate his elusive cousin and put him out of commission.
Burn; Novel; Original writing
American literature; Literature, Modern
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Capp, Kevin Michael, "The Burn: A novel" (2005). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 2220.