Date of Award

Fall 12-16-2016

Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Creative Writing



Major Professor

Bates, Randy

Second Advisor

Hazlett, John

Third Advisor

Goodman, Richard


The creative nonfiction essays and poetry in this collection explore family survival during the hardest of times--when the desire to give up is at its greatest--as told from the perspective of a woman who is a daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother. These are not stories of defeat. Nor are they merely explorations of death and dying. They are cleebrations of living, of surviving, of loving and being loved against all odds.


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