Date of Award

Spring 2015

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

Ethan Rutherford


Following the Androscoggin is a historical fiction novella that takes place during one summer in the 1950s. It follows a fifteen-year-old named Tommy and his parents after they’ve moved from Massachusetts to the mill town of Lewiston, Maine. It is told in retrospect by a much-older Tommy, who reflects on the oppressive elements that were at play in the structure of his family, particularly during the summer when they all tried to find their way in a new town. Through Tommy’s recounting of his story, we also learn about the ethnic tensions of ‘50s Lewiston concerning the Franco-American population, and how Tommy’s experiences with this population ultimately led him to realizations about himself and his family.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in English.

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