The Left and the Leaving



Bates, Sarah

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The Left & the Leaving is a fiction thesis and the early stages of a novel of the same name. A struggling writer and manic depressive, Althea Womack abandons her children in the summer of 1946. Her story is told through shifting narratives, each allowing the reader one step closer to understanding the truths that seem universal to so many Southerners: there are some content to stay, others afraid to go, many desperate to leave, and those that cannot escape their place and their path, no matter how hard they try. This thesis is a sample of those narratives submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Fine Arts at George Mason University.


This thesis has been embargoed for 5 years and will not be available until March 2032 at the earliest.


Alabama fiction, Fiction, Literary fiction, Southern fiction