Title

How I Picture Us

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Fine Arts

Major

Creative Writing

Date of Defense

11-11-2010

Graduate Advisor

Mary Troy

Committee

Mary Troy

Steven Schreiner

John Dalton

Abstract

How I Picture Us is a novel exploring the definition of family and the factors that determine how different people choose to apply their own definitions. The story unfolds through the eyes of Frances, her daughter Emilie, and occasionally her daughter Vanessa, all of whose lives and genes create a web that sometimes engenders and sometimes inhibits familial ties, depending on whose definitions are in effect. As events in the novel unfold, Emilie is forced to confront and redefine her own concepts of family. Her actions shape the reactions of her mother and her sister as all three women arrive at an altered perception of their family ties.

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