Title

A Novel: and in the waiting you become

Document Type

Thesis

Publication Date

2011

Advisor

Michael Opitz, English

Abstract

On the twentieth anniversary of her mother's death, waitress Bekka begins to write again. Over the course of one year, she creates a collection of autobiographic vignettes by observing people around her and reluctantly examining her own history. On the periphery of her life and included as a character in her narrative is belligerent author and frequent customer Alexander Thad. Because the two are drawn together by their similarities and a mutual dislike for one another, Bekka is compelled to give her work to Thad. He begins to comment critically on her writing, but his notes quickly become a journey of begrudging self-examination. Their interdependent first-person stories are presented in a creative format to emphasize the manner in which each writes.

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