All ETDs from UAB

Advisory Committee Chair

James Braziel

Advisory Committee Members

Kerry Madden-Lunsford

Daniel Siegel

Document Type


Date of Award


Degree Name by School

Master of Arts (MA) College of Arts and Sciences


This thesis is a fictional reimaging of my personal and familial experience with the opioid crisis in rural Alabama. Give Him to God is the story of Mary, a younger than average grandmother that has spent much of her early life within the grips of drug addiction. Her reluctant search for her son Jack, an addict himself and absent father to her granddaughter Liz, leads Mary through a reckoning of sorts as to where responsibility might lie in how their lives seem to repeat in an endless cycle of poverty and addiction. Within a sleepless few days, Mary confronts the demons of her past and the new but familiar ones standing in her way of personal redemption.