How I Picture Us
Master of Fine Arts
Date of Defense
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.
Jacobson, Gianna Sidonie, "How I Picture Us" (2010). Theses. 101.