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Graduate Student Spotlight

Posted on: April 30th, 2014 by benita

Jake Rubin is a Master of Fine Arts graduate from the University of Mississippi. Rubin authored a book titled The Poser, which was sold to Viking Press and will be published in early 2015. Rubin said he is very excited and grateful to the MFA program for all the help and support. The Poser is the coming-of-age story of Giovanni Bernini, a child born with the uncanny urge and ability to imitate anyone he meets. Set in an imaginary country that resembles America of the 1950s and ’60s, the novel follows Bernini’s adventures from the seaside town of his childhood to the nightclubs of the city to the sound stages of a western city called Fantasma Falls. Those who populate his journey include his theatrical mother, an exuberant manager, a mysterious chanteuse and an enigmatic psychoanalyst. The novel is simultaneously a love story, first-person confession and poignant bildungsroman.

M.O. Walsh is also an alumnus from the Master of Fine Arts program here at the University of Mississippi. Walsh has written a book titled My Sunshine Away, sold to Amy Einhorn at Amy Einhorn Books (forthcoming spring 2015). Walsh’s novel has already been published in more than five countries! Author Tom Franklin had this to say about Walsh’s work: “My Sunshine Away is that rarest find, a page-turner you want to read slowly and a literary novel you can’t look away from. At times funny, at times spine-tinglingly suspenseful and at times just flat-out wise, this novel is also a meditation on memory, how it can destroy or damn us but redeem us as well. It’s a book to read and reread, one that will only get better with time, like its writer.”

Congratulations to these Graduate School scholars and alumni!