Date of Award


Document Type

Bibliographic Record

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Susan Conley

Second Advisor

Debra Marquart

Third Advisor

Justin Tussing


This thesis explores several dominant themes that, at times, collide; and, at other times, find peace on the page. It is the struggle to discover truths about the past. It is the struggle to find a sense of place in this world and within myself. The narrator explores identity and culture from the perspective of a young daughter of Sicilian immigrants who, in order to survive, must choose what she will embrace, and what she will leave behind.

The story delves into abandonment, and how it forms who we are as individuals, how it impacts our ability to love each other and ourselves. This is a story about the pain and love of family.


This is a closed-access thesis and the record is restricted to bibliographic information only.