Theadora Walsh - Frances Mason Harris '26 Prize

An astonishing and accomplished manuscript that combines memoir and fiction -- both written in a poetic/associative mode -- as well as a number of interspersed registers: humor, research, dialogue, history, meditation. The subject is a complex excavation based on a grandmother's diary, but the themes extend far into global affairs, especially in Poland, and the aftermath of WW2 -- its silences, diasporas, and the experience of many different people who had their lives invaded, overturned, ended. The manuscript is both entertaining and very poignant, and a fluid and unique work.