Date of Award

2011-01-01

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

Creative Writing

Advisor(s)

Lex Williford

Abstract

Memory loss...Brain damage...Impaired adrenal glands...Life-saving?

Michelle Primeau's memoir, Left Behind in Telluride , follows the struggles of a young woman, who, at the age of 19 and recently diagnosed as bipolar, hitchhikes across the country after her road-trip during summer break from college leads into a drug-addled, 5,000-mile blur of on-ramps, Greyhound buses, U-Hauls, and trailer homes. Along the way, she wrestles with the jagged edges of her childhood memories, populated by a roster of delinquent children, molesters, drunken adults, and an irresponsible and egotistical father. She becomes a snowboarding bum and joins another college drop-out in stalking David Foster Wallace and eventually finds herself pregnant in the backwoods of upper Michigan. After having the baby and enduring a series of shock treatments ordered by a judge with the collusion of her mother, Michelle learns to have the will to live, marry in India, love, and survive as she must teach her two sons how to do the same.

Language

en

Provenance

Received from ProQuest

File Size

222 pages

File Format

application/pdf

Rights Holder

Michelle Lee Primeau

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