Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
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Julie Marie Wade
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OWN WAY GIRL is a memoir about growing up in a Caribbean family of women. The memoir covers the narrator’s tentative beginnings as she was adopted by a single woman in Barbados at three months old until she turns sixteen and learns the secret that has weighed heavily on both her birth and adopted mother. This memoir explores the narrator’s layered relationship with her adopted mother, her complicated relationship with her birth mother, as well family dynamics with her adopted grandmother and adopted sisters. It interrogates the nature of kin and blood ties and probes the ultimate question of what makes a family. This memoir also touches on the themes of culture, class, cultural capital, domestic violence, death, and a young girl's quest for agency.
Aldana, Melissa I., "Own Way Girl" (2022). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 4953.
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