Date of Award


Degree Type

Closed Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Sheri Joseph - Chair


This imaginative work of fiction depicts the lives of the Foley family. After a brutal car accident, Kate Foley has lived for the past fourteen years at Gregg Catastrophic Care Center in a persistent vegetative state, leaving her daughter Grace and husband Tom to reconstruct their lives around her. Aside from her mother’s condition, life is relatively normal for Grace; she worries about school, boys, her friends. Then her mother slowly regains consciousness. The family gathers around Kate’s bedside. Grandmother Helen arrives along with Aunt Liz, family that Grace cannot remember, and their stories of her mother’s past are vastly different from the ones her father has told her. Over the next emotional months, secrets are revealed, new alliances forged and others broken as each member of the family grapples with their own issues of memory, self and what it means to be fully present.


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