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Sacred Ground: A novel


2006 2006

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Cole Fortan, the narrator of my novel, is a character who hates himself. He's dropped out of college at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater to be the friendly, neighborhood marijuana dealer, the guy all the kids at Eskimo Joe's go to when they want to get stoned for the weekend. But he doesn't want to be that guy anymore. The truth is that Cole has been lost for a long time, and when we meet him he's drifted extraordinarily close to getting into big time trouble with the law. Cole's suppliers are under investigation and about to go down, and so is Cole.

But things are more complicated than that. There's a girl he cares about (Laura), and friends he's known for a long time. Cole makes a decision to leave Oklahoma after his Christmas experience, where he lies to his grandmother about his current occupation. He gives the remainder of his stash to his friend Kyle and narrowly avoids some law enforcement types who are looking for him. From there, Cole is on the road with Florida as his destination. He is going East, and he thinks about his grandfather, who tried to stick out the Dust Bowl in Depression-era Oklahoma, but eventually had to go West to Washington, if only for a little while.

In alternating chapters, Cole tells his own story, as well as the story of his grandfather (and eventually, grandmother), starting in the Dust Bowl era and moving up to the contemporary post-9/11 moment.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Literature;
American literature
Classification
0298: Literature
0591: American literature
Identifier / keyword
Language, literature and linguistics; Novel; Original writing; Sacred Ground
Title
Sacred Ground: A novel
Author
Steinbrink, Jack
Number of pages
194
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
0071
Source
DAI-A 67/04, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542660832
Advisor
Butler, Robert Olen
University/institution
The Florida State University
University location
United States -- Florida
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3216544
ProQuest document ID
305328662
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305328662
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