Crystal Fordrey

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Dale Rigby


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Degree Program

Department of English

Degree Type

Master of Arts


In a postmodern memoir of silent body and brazen mind, of social awkwardness and private compulsions, English Master’s student Crystal Fodrey tries to come to terms with herself as one who loves words but frequently fears to speak them aloud. As she travels from her “shy girl” past to an uncertain future, she recounts experiences of discovering and losing her spoken voice, a voice that so often eludes her, while she increasingly relies upon her written voice to help her progress through a life made so difficult to live in the face of a debilitating phobia.


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