Degree awarded: M.F.A. Literature. American University The Accidental Children is an original work of fiction that explores the consequences of denial and conflict avoidance in the lives of two high school students who accidentally conceive a child on the eve of graduation. The novel deals with the relationship between family and ambition, and the problems created by unwillingness on the part of the characters to cope with and accept responsibility for their mistakes. When does self-absorption for the sake of following one's dreams begin to have a negative effect on friends and family? When does an unwillingness to be honest become detrimental to the stability of the family?