Come What May, Lizzie Jane: A Story of Loss and Hope Cultivated from Unresolved Family Mysteries
Date of Award
Master of Liberal Studies
Arts & Culture
1940's Fiction; hardship; Mother-loss; novel; suicide; Young Adult Fiction
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.
Lowrance, Deborah, "Come What May, Lizzie Jane: A Story of Loss and Hope Cultivated from Unresolved Family Mysteries" (2009). Arts and Culture. 16.