Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

4948

Date

2017

Date of Award

4-19-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Major

Creative Writing

Committee Chair

Sarai Walker

Committee Member

Courtney Santo

Committee Member

Lorinda Cohoon

Abstract

Drowning above Water is a historical novel set in the early 1970s in rural East Tennessee. Against the backdrop of the Little Tennessee River valley, Drowning above Water follows the story of Tesla “Tess” Bent and her family as they struggle to overcome the changes that are sweeping down upon them while keeping their family and veterinary clinic afloat. Tess’ journey takes her from her younger brother’s death to dealing with her mother’s depression and the impending dam which threatens their home, to ultimately coming into her own. Inspired by the work of James Herriot and by family history, Drowning above Water explores themes of grief, family, and how these things shape us into who we are meant to be.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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