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The Drowning Girlby Caitlin R Kiernan
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Meet Siobhan Quinn—Half vampire, half werewolf, and retired monster hunter. Or so she thought
Three years have passed since Quinn turned her back on Providence, Rhode Islands seedy supernatural underbelly, walking out on Mr. B. and taking a bus headed anywhere. She hoped her escape would give her some peace from the endless parade of horrors. But a dead girl who quarrels with the moon cant catch a break, and, on the streets of Manhattan, Quinn finds herself caught between a rock and a hard place. Again.
What do you do when youre stuck in the middle of a three-million-year-old grudge match between the ghouls and the djinn, accidentally in possession of a hellish artifact that could turn the tide of the war, all the while being hunted by depraved half-ghoul twins intent on taking the object and ushering in a terrifying Dark Age?
Especially when youve fallen in love with the woman who got you into this mess—and you aint nobodys hero
"Kiernan's finely crafted stand-alone fantasy guides an artistic young woman through a maze of false memories and blurred realities. A diagnosis of schizophrenia is no surprise to India Morgan Phelps, aka Imp; her 'family's lunacy lines up tidy as boxcars' down the generations. Meds and psychiatry help keep her stable until she meets Eva Canning, who looks just like the woman in The Drowning Girl, an 1898 painting that has enthralled Imp since she was a child. Imp's need to learn the truth about Eva brings on dreams and memories that can't be real, and the obsession only gets worse when Eva abruptly disappears. Could Eva be the ghost of the woman who inspired the painter of The Drowning Girl, or a priestess whose worshippers died in a mass drowning in 1991? The chiding voice in Imp's head urges her to get her stories straight, but how can she when reality keeps changing? Kiernan evokes the gripping and resonant work of Shirley Jackson in a haunting story that's half a mad artist's diary and half fairy tale. Agent: Merrilee Heifetz, Writers House." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
India Morgan Phelps-Imp to her friends-is schizophrenic. Struggling with her perceptions of reality, Imp must uncover the truth about her encounters with creatures out of myth-or from something far, far stranger...
About the Author
Caitlín R. Kiernan has published a large variety of short fiction in magazines and anthologies, and is also a paleontologist.
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