Date of Award
USM Access Thesis
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
T. Clutch Fleischmann
A Rarity of One is a lyrical memoir that reflects what happens when a healthy fourteen-year-old girl contracts a rare, unknown virus that ignites a fire in her brain, singeing all four lobes with inflammation that causes irrevocable damage. It is a story about the experts that dismissed and belittled her symptoms, the loss of her vision and memory, and her subsequent negotiation of her new life after her injury. It is also the story of her remarkable resilience in the face of her loss, her mother’s personal anguish and determination to find circumstances that allow her to thrive, and a lesson about the plasticity of the human brain and the persistence of the spirit to love, create, transform, and learn again.
Edmunds, Marianna Daly, "A Rarity of One" (2020). Stonecoast MFA. 120.