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Advisory Committee Chair

James Braziel

Advisory Committee Members

Kerry Madden

Alison A Chapman

Document Type


Date of Award


Degree Name by School

Master of Arts (MA) College of Arts and Sciences


Night Comes Early to the Valley is a collection of short stories about vulnerable, flawed people trying to discover the best way to live their lives. They are well-meaning mothers, fathers, children, and lovers, yet all struggle to balance the fulfillment of their personal responsibilities with the realization of their deepest individual desires. The collection highlights characters who are desperate to atone for their mistakes, build brighter futures, and live up to the expectations of their loved ones--only to realize, over time, that the most formidable judge they'll ever face is their own conscience.