Ordinary Madness: A Memoir is an exploration of the chaotic trials and tribulations of growing up, of the sensitive, overly-imaginative child I was, trying to navigate her way through a world full of people who didn't seem to understand her, including unsympathetic adults, merciless playmates, and confused relatives. Set in the tiny farming town of Palatka, Florida, and spanning from early childhood memories to adolescence, the memoir delves into the realm of tragicomic youthful experiences with dead pets, bathroom graffiti, mock crucifixions, and other strange mishaps. The prose of Ordinary Madness is inspired by the small-town innocence of Haven Kimmel, with a splash of Mary Karr's savvy wit and witticism. This memoir attempts to capture the essence, both humorous and horrific, of what it feels like to be an outsider in your own life.
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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
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Criswell, Jill, "Ordinary Madness" (2008). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2004-2019. 3516.