Olive Delaney has not seen her dysfunctional family in seven years, but now she has to return to her childhood home in Louisiana because her father is dying. She is reunited with her simultaneously strict-but-absent parents, her twin brother, Hugo, with whom she was once close but has now grown apart, and her childhood best friend and possible lost love, Owen. Olive must learn how to be part of her family again while also dealing with the problems and family secrets of the past. The novella shuttles back and forth in time--every other chapter contains an event from Olive’s childhood that helped shape the person Olive became. It explores how childhood family, friends, and situations affect people long into adulthood.
Advisor(s) or Committee Chair
Dr. David Bell
Quinton, Haley, "Olive in an Oak Grove: A Novel" (2016). Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects. Paper 658.