CUP Undergraduate Research


Love and the Ink Whale

Date of Award

Spring 5-1-2010

Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis


College of Theology, Arts, & Sciences



Degree Name

English, BA

First Advisor

Dr. Kimberly Knutsen


Love and the Ink Whale is a novella about two women who are lost, fragmented, and disconnected. Through a series of events, they find themselves and each other. This is a story about love and its ability to bind people together.

The story is set in Hawaii. The first storyline, narrated by a young woman named Cecilia, takes place in 2009. On a hot, summer day in July, she is faced with an important decision: should she go back to an abusive ex-boyfriend or should she finally liberate herself? This is a difficult question for her, especially because her view of herself has been damaged from tragic events in her past. She almost believes she doesn’t deserve happiness. She is searching for love and strength.

The second storyline, narrated in the third person, is about a young woman named Emily. The story is set in a day in July in 1988. She is pregnant and has been keeping her pregnancy a secret from everyone. She is finally coming to accept that her life will be altered forever. Like Cecilia, she is also searching for love, and finds it in an unexpected place.

The novella discusses various themes, including rebirth, death, sexuality, and love.

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