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The Drowning Girl

av Caitlín R. Kiernan

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Imp, a struggling schizophrenic, fights to determine whether or not the strange mythological creatures she meets are due to her condition or are from something else entirely in this new novel from the award-winning author of The Red Tree.
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    The Drowning of Arthur Braxton av Caroline Smailes (LBV123)
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    The Dead House av Dawn Kurtagich (jen.e.moore)
    jen.e.moore: These are both horror novels featuring point of view characters with major mental illnesses that are handled with respect and treated as real, entirely separate from any supernatural influences which may also exist.
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An interesting book but one I can't really say I enjoyed. It's somewhat disjointed, confusing, and repetitive in places, and I know it's meant to be like that, but it was a struggle to get through it. ( )
  AngelaJMaher | Jul 19, 2021 |
Instinctively, I keep looking for that sort of beginning, even though I know better. Even though I know full well I can only arrive at useless and essentially infinite regressions.

I am not remotely ready to review this, but I have to put something here to get this bloody*, beautiful mess out of my mind for a bit. So four things, I think.

1. Personal to Mr. Danielewski and Ms. Walton: THIS is how you write a spiral shaped narrative about a dead/dying/deified/alive/dreamed up woman cobbled together out of broken myths and songs and yes fictitious artworks That Sticks The Fucking Landing. Seriously, take notes!

2. I am a little baffled that I did not see [b:The Sea Came in at Midnight|861572|The Sea Came in at Midnight|Steve Erickson|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1335555462l/861572._SY75_.jpg|1621053] or its author in the otherwise rather thorough acknowledgements. (Maybe I overlooked it. My eyes are crossing a bit, since I was up until 3 a.m. with this book.) In any case, Kiernan has to have read it. Two books cannot be this much in conversation unwittingly. And wow is it ever a fantastic conversation.

3. I am not sure this is any kind of fantastic genre, not even magical realism. (It may be magical realism, but I really don't think it is.) But Imp and her story are so big and so good that I don't care. And it is a ghost story, I don't deny that in the least.

4. Why have only like three people I know rated this book? This book is incredible.

Anyway, there it is. Because I may never be ready to review this book. But I will probably at least come back later to see if I can figure out how to link the Spotify playlist I am building for this beast.

*This book needs almost every content warning. See under spoiler tag for my best effort: It's got every kind of suicide. It's got artistic depictions of child death. It's got on screen hallucinations of bestiality and/or monster fucking. (The monster fucking may or may not be real.) It's got graphic on screen mental breakdown. It's got a touch of domestic violence. It has at least two dead queer people, but the survivors are also queer, so I'm not sure I need to warn for this? There are rape mentions that may be paranoia talking. It's got self harm and medication noncompliance. It's got an institutionalized character (prior to the main plot). It's got animal death. It's got transphobia, but condemned by the narrative. It's got corpse desecration. The murder and corpse of Elizabeth Short (Black Dahlia) are described in graphic detail, as are several other violent deaths. I'm absolutely positive I'm missing some things. If you need to know about a specific thing feel free to ask in the comments; I will do my best to answer. ( )
  amyotheramy | May 11, 2021 |
A horror book with LGBT characters that is actually well written and interesting? SIGN ME UP.

I will start off with saying that this book might not be for everyone, but if you enjoy a little confusion with beautiful prose than I would give this book a chance.

The story starts out very slow, and you truly do not find out much about what's going on due to the main character, Imp, being a very unreliable narrator of her own story. The plot slowly unfolds as you do find out things you realize the reasons why she is a reluctant participant the story.

The supernatural element was done very well, and it meshed well with tone of the story. It didn't feel out of place or strange which is what I find sometimes when reading ghost stories. The horror element was subtle, but well crafted.

I have to talk about the LGBT element of story, of course. This is one of the few horror books that i've discovered that has a Trans character, and not a background character either. Abalyn is the other main character apart from Imp, and she fleshed out and giving beautiful character development over the course of the novel. I was also pleased to find that the author is also a member of the LGBT community. It's rare to find stories with representation written by people who are also part of that representation and it was definitely one of the main draws for me reading this book, to be honest. ANYWAY. Let's talk about Abalyn and Imp - they were a wonderfully flawed pair. I appreciated that the romance wasn't perfect and had it's flaws, but you still got to experience the love they had for each other even if the circumstances of the novel made it difficult. I was rooting for them the entire book and i was not let down by the status of their relationship by the ending of the book.

Overall, I really enjoyed this story. It's a quick read with a lot of heart and wonderful prose. The characters are interesting and the paranormal element is well injected into the story. Highly recommended! ( )
  taleszofwonder | Mar 25, 2021 |
This one is dark and haunting, half a tribute to falling into art so deeply that it makes love to you and murders you, and half a deep treatise on madness and skirting the far edges of normality, all while feeling very much in one's own skin.

Most of the fun is simply trying to figure out whether it's a ghost story, a Ghost Story, or the ghost of a story, disjointed and cast adrift in time and faulty memory.

It's quite the interesting maze. Parts of the later novel is dreamlike and calls on us to reimagine all that had gone on before. It requires a bit of reflection, honestly, but even though this appears, at first glance, to be a quick and easy haunting of a novel, the truth is a bit more murky. Like looking into a disturbed pool of water and seeing yourself in the muddy swirls.

Then again, perhaps the wolves are real, Miss Riding Hood.

There's lots of symbolism and analysis in the novel, but no worries, almost all the work is done for us. It's the threads snaking in-between that require effort. :) ( )
1 rösta bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
May come back to this, may not. It felt too similar to The Red Tree, which I've read recently and had mixed feelings about. I'm not in the mood to rehash it here. ( )
  sturlington | Apr 14, 2020 |
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... Eva Canning herself is one of the most compelling ghost-story figures I’ve seen since Peter Straub’s Eva Gallo in Ghost Story, with whom she shares some characteristics, and The Drowning Girl (which is dedicated to Straub) is one of the most complexly moving and richly layered tales I’ve read since that classic work. It’s fitting that what is easily Kiernan’s best novel to date should earn a place in that company.
tillagd av karenb | ändraLocus Online, Gary K. Wolfe (Mar 21, 2012)
 
The Drowning Girl: A Memoir is far and above the best book that I’ve had the fortune to read thus far in 2012, and I suspect it might just stay at the top for a long time to come. The sensations of wonder and bewilderment that I say I was left with on closing the book are absolutely not an exaggeration.
tillagd av karenb | ändraTor.com, Brit Mandelo (Mar 6, 2012)
 
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.
tillagd av nsblumenfeld | ändraPublishers Weekly (Jan 16, 2012)
 

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