No longer mourn

Riley Holyoak Welcker, University of Texas at El Paso


This novel is a coming-of-age story about a young woman named Eva who searches for the truth about her father’s murder and in the process discovers more about herself than she could foresee. Intending to confront the man who murdered her father, she flies from her home in Norway to the State Correctional Institution in Idaho, but what she learns is totally unexpected. In an attempt to navigate her prejudice against him, the man tells a dual story that reveals his history with her parents and the dramas of a past she never knew. She then receives the shock of her life when there is an entanglement as to which man may actually be her father. As Eva tries to sort out the truth of her identity, she must find a way to rise above her personal crisis or be defeated by it. Inspired by such writers as Graham Greene, Cormac McCarthy, Flannery O’Connor, and, yes, even William Shakespeare, Eva’s story is a struggle so twisted you will find yourself wanting to read it again and again.

Subject Area

Creative writing

Recommended Citation

Welcker, Riley Holyoak, "No longer mourn" (2015). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1594475.