All ETDs from UAB

Advisory Committee Chair

James Braziel

Advisory Committee Members

Kerry Madden

Daniel Siegel

Document Type


Date of Award


Degree Name by School

Master of Arts (MA) College of Arts and Sciences


The Fireball Brothers is a novel about two teenage brothers who, while swimming near their Alabama farm in 1959, come near a "fireball" that has fallen from the sky. From then on, the two brothers are joined at the shoulder. Because they can no longer do regular work to support the family farm, their father takes them on the road as travelling musicians. While travelling, they meet fellow travelers, snakeoil salesmen, freakshows, and beatniks. A reporter named Munford Coldwater takes an interest in the family and tries to help them while documenting their journeys. Taken as a whole, the novel is a meditation on space, in all its connotations both inner and outer, and its place in the mythology of the late twentieth-century Southern experience.