Linda Hasselstrom, author of Windbreak
"What we've been calling family," writes Faith Colburn in Threshold, "is a stripped down version of a much richer creation. . . . like calling a field of bluestem a prairie. . . . It's the rich diversity of grasses and forbs that makes a prairie work, just as it's the rich diversity of parents and children, grandparents and cousins, aunts and uncles providing nourishment and support that makes a family work."
Best Thesis Nomination Letter by Dr. Robert Luscher
"Threshold" is work that is substantial not only in length—clearly the longest thesis we have received during my seventeen year in the department—but also in scope, ambition, stylistic polish, acumen, and conviction. It demonstrates Faith's intellectual curiosity, wide-ranging interests, and the breadth of her knowledge; her work also represents a significant investment in investigating her personal past, probing regional history, and exploring narrative craft so that she might construct meaningful exploration of these issues.