Document Type



Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Creative Writing

First Advisor's Name

Julie Wade

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committe Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Lynne Barrett

Second Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Member

Third Advisor's Name

Meri-Jane Rochelson

Third Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Member


Mother, Daughter, Parenting, Home

Date of Defense



THE ROAD FROM EMMAUS is a collection of 20 personal and lyric essays that explores the narrator’s role as mother and daughter through a close look at significant life events, including her parents’ divorce, a high-risk pregnancy, the death of her father, talking to her daughter for the first time about sex, and accompanying her daughter to the DMV for a learner’s permit. Through examining familial roles and relationships, the narrator’s longing for home emerges as a unifying theme.

The essays in THE ROAD FROM EMMAUS vary in style and tone, from light and funny to serious and probing. The collection is divided into five sections, each highlighting a different aspect of the narrator’s life as she evolves from a child, to a young adult, a mother, and a daughter who must help take care of her aging parents.



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