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Title: I Was Young When I Left Home
Author: Foley, Eric
Department: School of English and Theatre Studies
Program: Creative Writing
Advisor: Henighan, StephenConnelly, Karen
Abstract: I Was Young When I Left Home is a work of memoir/creative non-fiction that follows the coming of age of Eric Foley from 1998-2003. As a young man, Eric struggles with depression, substance abuse and the death of his sister. Following 9/11 and the American invasion of Afghanistan, he moves to Morocco to teach English, where he ends up converting to Islam and marrying an eighteen-year-old Moroccan girl. The book explores responses to trauma on personal and national levels, examining the consequences of trying to escape one’s past. What does it means to come up against the limits of the body? How is the self continually formed through contact with culture, family, friends and the world at large? How do we come to make the decisions of our early adult lives?
Date: 2012-08
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