Amanda's Journey charts the changes that Amanda Dennis undergoes shortly after the death of her father, an obscure poet with one out-of-print book to his credit. Amanda is a high school English teacher and a single mother of a teenage son, and the death of her father spurs her to revaluate some of her life choices. My work is informed by such contemporary writers as Paul Auster, Anita Shreve, and Russell Banks and the themes explored include family secrets, parent-child relationships, and class conflict. The story uses a few of the discourses outlined by Jane Smiley in her book 13 Ways of Looking at the Novel. The discourses employed include the romance, the confession, gossip, and diaries and letters.