Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts
Ties that Bind is a collection of short stories that explores the lives of women. From physical danger that Rickie and her friends face in "The River's Children," to Maureen's emotional distress as she realizes she's losing her memory in "The Visit," from Mattie's work ethic as she tries to take her mother's responsibilities in "Keeping the Light," to Justine's struggle with unexpected pregnancy in "Here There Be Dragons," from Rae's confusion at her roommate's attitude in "The Tree that Holds the World," to Anya's temptation to suicide in "An Artist's eye," the first six stories stand alone and address issues that shape the lives of people everywhere--fear, loss, birth, death, lonliness, overwork, aging, change. The final piece, "Ties that Bind," is a three story series linked by Nathan Owen, whose death changes the lives of Madison, his nurse, Olivia, his biological mother, and Naomi, his daughter.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Slack, Sarah Louise, "Ties That Bind" (2017). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1661.