Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in English
alcoholism, mental illness, dysfunctional family, baseball, death
English Language and Literature
This is a fictional account of a family's mental illness which reflects the larger problem of society as a whole. Employing a modernist/postmodernist approach, the author hopes to illuminate the problem, break down stereotypes and call attention to the stigmas and taboos surrounding mental illness. Eddie Kramer is an alcoholic. Distraught over the death of his sister, Beth Ann, who struggled with mental illness, Eddie stumbles through his tumultuous life in a small desert town on the edge of Southern California. It is 1988, and the Los Angeles Dodgers are playing the Oakland A's in the World Series, which Eddie follows closely, along with a friendly bunch of oddball Dodger fans at the local bar. Because of dysfunctional parents, Eddie is raised mainly by his mentally ill sister, who, one year after her death, Eddie believes is communicating with him via a series of unusually bright meteorites streaking across the desert sky.
© Ted Fenton
Fenton, Ted, "Stealing Home" (2013). MSU Graduate Theses. 1129.