Electronic Theses and Dissertations





Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts


Creative Writing

Committee Chair

Alic Bolin

Committee Member

Cary Holladay

Committee Member

Jeffrey Scraba


Lavender Hill is a novella that centers around one Texas town, where four different characters cross paths that are affected by Somatic Symptom Disorder (SSD). This mental health disorder is diagnosed by looking at the consequences of the patient’s abnormal thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. The characters in this novel are all facing different mental stressors – running away from past mistakes, failing relationships, struggling to form genuine relationships, and coping with big additions to your identity that shake your foundation. These characters are either forced to make changes that lead to a healthier lifestyle, or they continue in the direction of falling under the grasp of SSD. This novella is about raising awareness of a disorder that can stem from more common mental health disorders like anxiety and depression. It’s about fighting against the darker entities present in our lives, that aren’t always visible to the naked eye.


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Library Comment

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