Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis


English Language and Literatures


Creative Writing

First Advisor

James Barilla


Receiver of Wreck: A Memoir is a third-person, present tense narrative that covers the span of my graduate program at the University of South Carolina. This point of view was chosen as it provides a level of separation between the author, me, and the abuse and also the reader and the abuse - this serves the dual purpose of not retraumatizing the reader and allowing me more of a removed perspective to focus more on the exterior and less on the interior. The memoir has dual narrative trajectories: while I am recovering from sexual abuse and depression and becoming a writer, my marriage is failing. This work deals with sexual abuse/assault, depression, anxiety, drug addiction, recovery, and divorce.

Available for download on Thursday, May 10, 2018