Title

A Cigarette by the Hudson

Date of Graduation

2013

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

Degree Type

MFA

College

Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Department

English

Committee Chair

Kevin Oderman

Committee Co-Chair

Katie Fallon

Committee Member

Kathleen Ryan

Abstract

A Cigarette by the Hudson is a collection of essays following moments of grief and recovery of a Southwestern West Virginia family. The essays discuss significant moments of loss in the author's life such as the sudden death of her 22 year old brother and the sentencing of an old friend to life in prison. Through the detailing of memories of cigarettes on porch steps in the rain and a hug through a drive-thru window, the author seeks to find moments of laughter and peace after all the pain.

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