Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts - English



First Advisor

John McDermott

Second Advisor

Christine Butterworth-McDermott

Third Advisor

Megan Condis

Fourth Advisor

Owen Smith


Set mainly in Los Angeles in 2008, Young Girls Are Coming to the Canyon is a novella that explores familial relations and what truly constitutes a family. Joni and Grace face the sudden, violent death of their estranged mother, Beverly, and decide to search for their father’s family. As Joni struggles with commitment and Grace is conflicted about impending motherhood, one relative leads to another and they travel across the country to discover Beverly’s secrets, as well as the truth about their father.

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