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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor


First Committee Member

Louis H. Leiter

Second Committee Member

Charles Clerc


The novel And Then The Letting Go involves protagonists Samantha Evans' simultaneous discoveries of her husband Don's infidelity, her own unplanned pregnancy, and the pregnancy of her unmarried, best friend Regina. These pivotal events act as emotional catalysts, ejecting Sam out of the passive restraints of her unhappy marriage into a frightening, yet exhilarating, life of active participation.

Within a nine month temporal framework, the novel explores a period of psychological gestation which results in the birth of her new Identity. Sam Evans passes from frozen passivity ("The nerves sit ceremonious, like Tombs--") into a chilling confrontation with the "Hour of Lead." Sam Evans' "Letting Go" is not a giving over of control, but rather, a giving into life.



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