Date of Graduation
MFA Creative Writing Thesis
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
Based on a rural mountain farm in Virginia, She Spoke Wire is the story of a woman, Maeve, who, through a traumatic childhood experience, becomes certain that barbwire is alive on her family's property. Over twenty-eight years, the novel follows Maeve, while juxtaposing her fears of wire with the racial and economic issues of Virginia and Washington D.C. Maeve's quest through the woods plagued with wire is paired with her family's past, including the story of how her father and mother flee riots of 1968 to inhabit the rural, isolated farm; how Maeve befriends the ill-fated renter's boy; how her mother ultimately comes to abandon her; and how Maeve copes with her early life as she moves into adulthood.
Lewis, Jessica, "She Spoke Wire" (2014). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 6066.