The Drowning Girl is a work of fiction, but as our narrator, Imp, reminds us, that doesn't mean it's not true. A study in necessary works of fiction — you know, those stories you need to read, or to write. The stories that save you, or that damn you ("ghost stories," Imp calls them). The Drowning Girl is beautiful, diverse, and heartrending, and it manages to be literary but accessible. Lush with East Coast folklore and beauty, The Drowning Girl pulls references from all walks of life. Kiernan's characters breathe on the page, sometimes steady, sometimes ragged with emotion.
Pick up The Drowning Girl. It will stay with you, for better or worse. Recommended By David R., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
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...
"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.
About the Author
Caitlin R. Kiernan is the author of nine novels, including Silk, Threshold, Low Red Moon, Murder of Angels, Daughter of Hounds, and The Red Tree. Her award-winning short fiction has been collected in six volumes, including Tales of Pain and Wonder; To Charles Fort, With Love; Alabaster; and, most recently, A is for Alien. She has also published two volumes of erotica, Frog Toes and Tentacles and Tales from the Woeful Platypus. Trained as a vertebrate paleontologist, she currently lives in Providence, Rhode Island.