Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts
Gene A. Plunka
Richard C. Bausch
This novel closely examines the relationship between mothers and daughters through the prism of the Keller women, their olive grove, and their Northern California town. The youngest, Erin, arrives home carrying the child of her married lover. Her only objective is getting her mother, Deborah, paroled before the birth of the child. Deborah, in prison for killing her husband, has not spoken to her own mother, Calliope, in the twenty years she’s been incarcerated. Calliope, who lost her faith in a plane accident and gained an addiction to painkillers, struggles to overcome her disconnect and embrace an unlikely love, despite the disapproval of Bets, her mother. Bets can’t admit to anyone, least of all her mother, Anna, that she’s tired of living and afraid that the truth about her husband and their marriage will be kill them both. Anna instinctively understands there are great unresolved questions about her past, but chooses to focus on living long enough to become the oldest person in the world
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Santo, Courtney Miller, "Mothers and Mothers" (2011). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 226.