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Honors Project - Open Access


This honors thesis is an extended work of fiction that explores the effects of trauma on two generations of Argentine Jews. When Daniel Susterman is kidnapped by the government in 1970s Buenos Aires, his wife Marcela tries desperately to find him and bring him home safely. In the US nearly 40 years later, 14 year-old Nico begins to question what prompted his parents' feud with his grandmother, challenging their policy of silence about the past. Through alternating storylines, Ausencia explores the concepts of loss and family secrets band begs the question: are some memories better left buried?



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