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Access Type

Open Access

Degree Program


Degree Type

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

Year Degree Awarded

January 2008

Month Degree Awarded



father, daughter, military, religion, television, death


My Father’s Daughter, part bildungsroman, part family drama, is the story of Tabitha Robinson, a successful writer on a hit prime-time teen drama in Los Angeles who is called home to northern New York to say good-bye to her dying father. Tabitha and her father, Ray, a retired military solider and Southern Baptist minister, were once quite close. As a girl, Tabitha idolized her father despite his long absences and philandering ways. In turn, Ray favored Tabitha and encouraged her ambition. Their relationship changes however, when Ray divorces Tabitha’s mother and remarries. Already strained, the relationship is threatened further when Ray, after battling cancer, suddenly sees the error of his ways and attempts to reform Tabitha as well.

First Advisor

Sabina Murray