Date of Award

Spring 5-2021

Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Creative Writing

Major Professor

Richard Goodman

Second Advisor

Randolph Bates

Third Advisor

David Rutledge


A coming-of-age story, this collection of essays looks at the traumatic effects of sexual assault, being an Official Sad Girl, and the complicated and conflicting desires that come with being human. It is about exploring how we handle the wreckage we do to ourselves and others, and the healing that takes place after. All of this is to say: this is a collection about survival.


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