Date of Award

Spring 5-2017

Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Creative Writing



Major Professor

Randy Bates

Second Advisor

Richard Goodman

Third Advisor

Milton Walsh


This memoir is about community, family and race relations as the author experiences them in New Jersey, where she grew up, at University of Maryland, where she went to college, in Washington, D.C., during Barack Obama’s presidency, and in New Orleans, where she lands in her late twenties. It is meant to shed light on the possibilities and beauty to be found in diverse, close-knit communities, where people share in each other’s joys and sorrows. It also speaks to the importance of romantic partnerships in which both people share the same values, and explore and grow together.


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