Date of Award

January 2018

Degree Type

Closed Access Thesis

Document Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


English and Theatre

First Advisor

Julie Hensley

Department Affiliation

English and Theatre

Second Advisor

R. Dean Johnson

Department Affiliation

English and Theatre


The crippling loneliness that stems from infertility is perhaps one of its more painful side effects. One Lonely Line is a collection of linked short stories from varying perspectives and points-of-view that examine the inability to achieve or carry a traditional pregnancy. The protagonists hail from many walks of life and deal with various facets of infertility: miscarriage, fertility treatments, surrogacy, adoption, and the decision to live childfree. A wide spectrum of grief is presented-emotions range from despair and jealousy to anger and disbelief. While the characters and circumstances differ, the pain and alienation of the condition are present in each piece, providing a sort of morbid kinship.