Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
A. Wilber Stevens
Number of Pages
First Cousins is a contemporary novel detailing four months in the life of William Reginald "Jack" Jackson, an 18-year old African-American graduate of Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa. Themes of initiation provide the primary focus: as a young adult, William must learn how to carry out new responsibilities toward family, friends, and the future. The novel's central conflict emerges from William's blossoming relationship with his adopted cousin Natalie, a rebellious 18-year old who must also come to terms with the new demands of young adulthood. Set primarily in North Carolina and Iowa, the novel is narrated from William's first-person point of view.
Cousins; Faith; Family; Love; Novel; Original; Responsibility; Youth
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Jones, David Myles, "First Cousins: A novel on youth, family, love, faith, and responsibility (Original novel)" (1989). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 77.