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Title: Treehouse
Author: Milech, Leanne
Department: School of English and Theatre Studies
Program: Creative Writing
Advisor: Gilbert, SkyGibb, Camilla
Abstract: My thesis project is a memoir, which traces my life story from the time before I was born until present day. The memoir deals with a variety of issues, but it is primarily about my relationship with my paranoid schizophrenic mother, who committed suicide when I was twenty-five, and the way her illness shaped my inappropriately close relationship with my anxious, childlike father. The story chronicles my attempts to withdraw from my home life by attaching myself to other people and by using spirituality, school, books, movies and eating disorders to escape. The memoir is about the difficulty of defining myself as a self-sufficient adult and my continuous search for freedom from the past.
Date: 2014-08
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