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Date of Award


Document Type

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Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing



First Reader/Committee Chair

Brown, James


The untitled memoir focuses on a young woman with a troubling past and possibly bright future. Having a drug addict as a mother who was either abusive or absent causes tension in Tara’s life when she finds out she is pregnant with twins. Tara must learn how to be a mother without having a good example or someone to turn to for motherly advice.

Interspersed between chapters from her childhood are vignettes that follow and track the pregnancy. The vignettes show the uneasiness and hopeful aspect of becoming a mother and the growth that Tara must go through herself in just 9 months from being a lonely child who had to see and deal with adult things way to young, to a woman ready to raise her own children.