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The Random Occurrence of Parallel Acts


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The Random Occurrence of Parallel Acts

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dc.contributor.author Rickert, Linda
dc.date.accessioned 2011-08-31T16:13:17Z
dc.date.issued 2011-08-31
dc.date.submitted July 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/13165
dc.description.abstract The essays held in this collection when viewed as a whole illustrate the destructive repetitive acts of four generations of addiction and how these acts influenced each coming generation. They also demonstrate the inability to see events clearly when in the middle of turmoil. Through the use of reflection and recollection each piece links to the others to form a progressive pattern from which family members seem unable to escape. Whether it is the power of genetics or the sway of nurture or the lack of it, the pattern suggests an inability to break the negative cycle even when the desire to do so reaches its strongest point. There is the suggestion of growth, however, threaded throughout the body of the work. This puts forward that change can be achieved and puts forward the proposal that change must be deliberate as well as earned. A sense of place vibrates throughout this collection. The coal mining area of central Pennsylvania breeds a populace of hardened citizens, people used to harsh conditions, poverty, and rage. These people continue to survive because they know nothing about giving up. Characterization may be one of this work’s strongest points. In addition, moments of learning, maturity, and difficult decisions reach out to touch others universally. Moments such as a father accepting his daughter’s single motherhood in the sixties, of a daughter losing her animosity toward her mother when she realizes that we do what we must to survive, and the decision to stop life-saving treatment for a profoundly mentally challenged son touches lives every day. Methods of coping give the reader support and the courage to cope. en_US
dc.subject Central Pennsylvania coalfield en_US
dc.subject coal field as place en_US
dc.subject coal field as culture en_US
dc.subject addiction en_US
dc.subject Influence of place relating to change en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Pennsylvania
dc.subject.lcsh Essay--Authorship
dc.subject.lcsh American essays--21st century
dc.title The Random Occurrence of Parallel Acts en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.description.degree MFA Creative Writing en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department University of New Mexico. Dept. of English en_US
dc.description.advisor Warner, Sharon
dc.description.committee-member Martin, Greg
dc.description.committee-member Theil, Diane
dc.description.committee-member Gutwein, Dr. Geraldine
emb.embargo.terms 2110-07-31
emb.embargo.lift 2110-07-31

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