Title

Come What May, Lizzie Jane: A Story of Loss and Hope Cultivated from Unresolved Family Mysteries

Date of Award

8-13-2009

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Liberal Studies

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies

Department

Arts & Culture

Advisor

Kathleen Adams

Keywords

1940's Fiction; hardship; Mother-loss; novel; suicide; Young Adult Fiction

Abstract

Fiction can be a useful tool for uncovering the emotional truths behind family mysteries that, because the physical truth has already been lost, cannot be resolved through conventional research methods. My lineage is riddled with unresolved family mysteries, family stories with multiple conflicting versions, unresolved questions, catastrophic losses, or significant details missing. Come What May, Lizzie Jane is a novel-length work of fiction cultivated from the seeds of unresolved family mysteries surrounding my mother's childhood. It is a story of loss, survival, and hope. By writing this story, I hope to begin to mend the damaged fabric of my family's history, and in so doing provide a meaningful contribution to literature and a deeper understanding of the human condition.

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