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Sins of the mother : when the crazy just won't let go

Author: Nicole Marie Cox; Missouri State University. Department of English.
Publisher: [2009]
Dissertation: Thesis (M.A.)--Missouri State University, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Document : Thesis/dissertation : eBook   Computer File : English
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After sitting around the kitchen table one night at dinner and listening to older relatives reminisce about the past, I wanted to compile the family stories and legends in story format for future generations. Using casual interview techniques and creative nonfiction storytelling, I wrote a large chronicle of stories told from the characters' perspectives. Though the collection contained many entertaining stories, at  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Thesis/dissertation, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nicole Marie Cox; Missouri State University. Department of English.
OCLC Number: 670248279
Notes: "December 2009."
Description: v, 53 leaves : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Responsibility: by Nicole Marie Cox.

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After sitting around the kitchen table one night at dinner and listening to older relatives reminisce about the past, I wanted to compile the family stories and legends in story format for future generations. Using casual interview techniques and creative nonfiction storytelling, I wrote a large chronicle of stories told from the characters' perspectives. Though the collection contained many entertaining stories, at least for members of my own family, I realized that I needed to have a more directed purpose to engage readers not personally invested in our tales. Seeing a pattern emerging, I chose to make my mother, Mary, the focus of the collection by narrowing in on her troubled relationship with her own mother and how the ramifications of that tension deeply affect our relationship today. By working closely with my mother, I was able to gain very intimate knowledge of both the events in the tales and the history affecting these events. Exploring this relationship ultimately has given me a great deal of insight into how my mother and my grandmother's decisions have shaped the person and, more indirectly, the writer that I am today. Out of this narrative journey, not only have I grown in my skills as a writer and my understanding of creative nonfiction theory, my mother and I have grown in our understanding of one another--a need very often present in mother-daughter relationships.

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