The Drowning Girl

Caitlín R. Kiernan

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The Drowning Girl

The Drowning Girl India Morgan Phelps Imp to her friends is schizophrenic She can no longer trust her own mind because she is convinced that her memories have somehow betrayed her forcing her to question her very ide

  • Title: The Drowning Girl
  • Author: Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 500
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • India Morgan Phelps Imp to her friends is schizophrenic She can no longer trust her own mind, because she is convinced that her memories have somehow betrayed her, forcing her to question her very identity.Struggling with her perception of reality, Imp must uncover the truth about an encounter with a vicious siren, or a helpless wolf that came to her as a feral girl, orIndia Morgan Phelps Imp to her friends is schizophrenic She can no longer trust her own mind, because she is convinced that her memories have somehow betrayed her, forcing her to question her very identity.Struggling with her perception of reality, Imp must uncover the truth about an encounter with a vicious siren, or a helpless wolf that came to her as a feral girl, or neither of these things but something far, far stranger

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    1. Jack Tripper on said:

      The weird tale can be difficult to sustain through the course of an entire novel, which is why it's often most successful in short form. How does an author maintain that strangeness, that otherworldliness, throughout 200-300 pages? Well, Kiernan's figured it out, though I doubt anyone could ever copy her technique here without looking like a complete rip-off artist. She uses an entirely unreliable narrator, one who is schizophrenic and constantly lies, who's experiencing parallel timelines -- on [...]

    2. Bradley on said:

      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 [...]

    3. Printable Tire on said:

      (I finally edited this.)I was interested enough with the hoopla surrounding Ms. Kiernan to give one of her novels a try. And I really picked the best one, not only because it is the most recent and celebrated but also because it takes place in Providence and Rhode Island whereabouts.In fact, the whole first half of the book is saturated with gratuitous Providence shout-outs and references. I don't know what it must be like to read this book in another place, but it's hilarious to read what are e [...]

    4. Jason on said:

      5 StarsCaitlin Kiernan is simply one of the best, the most original, and gifted writers in fiction today. She writes deep and dark horror stories and challenges you the reader as well as her many amazing protagonists to join her on a trip down the rabbit hole. Can you tell she is a real favorite of mine? I have read most of Kiernan’s work and have been taken in by her works, ever since I read The Red Tree, my first endeavor into the mysterious mind of Caitlin Kiernan.In this book, The Drowning [...]

    5. Algernon on said:

      There's always a siren, singing you to shipwreck. Some of us may be more susceptible than others are, but there's always a siren. It may be with us all our lives, or it may be many years or decades before we find it or it finds us. But when it does find us, if we're lucky we're Odysseus tied up to the ship's mast, hearing the song with perfect clarity, but ferried to safety by a crew whose ears have been plugged with beeswax. If we're not at all lucky, we're another sort of sailor stepping off t [...]

    6. 11811 (Eleven) on said:

      The quirkiness of this story grabbed my interest right from the start. About 20% into the book it started to get on my nerves. After about 50% or so, I started to hate it. There may be a bit of genius in here somewhere that I lack the intelligence or creativity to appreciate but in any case I was disappointed.If this is worthy of any award this year, the Bram Stoker is the wrong venue. It has some dark elements but doesn't quite fit the horror genre.

    7. Jaro on said:

      The Drowning Girl is a hypnotic, beautiful ghost story I’m going to write a ghost story now set in Providence, Rhode Island. In New England, in Lovecraft country. The narrator, India Morgan Phelps, Imp, is a young artist diagnosed with disorganized schizophrenia and who (in parenthesis) claims to be a distant relative to Lovecraft, but she doesn’t much care for his stories His prose is too florid and I find his stories silly, but he was right about that thing about man’s greatest and oldes [...]

    8. Georgina Bruce on said:

      It seems harsh to give only 2 stars to a novel that is technically quite accomplished and which is not full of bad writing. But something about CRK's work just leaves me cold. It's a shame, because in theory, the subject matter of this book is right up my street - an unreliable narrator, ghost story, haunted painters, fairy stories, etc. But this didn't develop into well, anything much. The characters are unlikeable, pretentious and humourless. They are all so miserable you wonder how they manag [...]

    9. Ryandake on said:

      it's been a while since i've been this flummoxed by a book's a ghost story, a mermaid story, a siren story, a wolf story, a crazy person story all wrapped up in one. maybe that's why it's so hard to grasp--where it's not mythological, it's psychological, or maybe mythopoetic. all of the above, i can handle. even in one book. it's a stretch, no doubt--this is not a fishhook book, where you get nabbed by the hook and pulled along. you have to do some serious swimming against the current here, whic [...]

    10. Bark on said:

      If you pick this up thinking it’s a charming fantasy or even a gothic horror novel you may be disappointed. Like Kiernan’s The Red Tree (which I loved), it has eerie leanings but at its core it’s more an intimate and unflinching look at a person’s struggle with insanity. It revisits several of the same themes but it takes them further and, as much as I tried and wanted to love this one just as much, in the end it just didn’t work for me.Told in first person, India (Imp) is the unreliab [...]

    11. Terence on said:

      The Drowning Girl is a difficult book to characterize. Baldly, it’s the story of India Morgan Phelps (aka “Imp”), a highly functional schizophrenic whose life is turned upside down by the appearance of Eva Canning, who may or may not be a ghost, a werewolf, a mermaid or a stalker. If you don’t like unreliable narrators, ambiguous (and sometimes downright confusing) plots and – in the end – not really knowing “what happened,” then you will loathe this book. If you can wrap your mi [...]

    12. Lee on said:

      Story: 3.5/51: Being Vague, rambling plot with no little believable storyline5: Ripping yarn, clever, thought provokingThe drowning girl is like nothing I have ever read before. Written in a style that was very different to my usual choice of books. In a nutshell the story is about a young woman called Imp, who has some mental issues that seem to be genetic from her mothers side. There was a period of her life where things got kind of scary. To help with her rehabilitation she decides to write t [...]

    13. All Things Urban Fantasy on said:

      By the purest definition of the rating, THE DROWNING GIRL is indisputably 5bats. A few chapters in, I was already reading passages aloud to friends. I already knew who would be receiving my own copy, budgeting for who I could send others. This had less to do with any enjoyment of the book than a sense of haunting that perfectly mirrors the main character’s own experiences. Does anyone else see what I see? Am I crazy, am I alone? THE DROWNING GIRL introduces concepts and stories and images that [...]

    14. Absinthe on said:

      The only adequate words to describe this story have already been written by Caitlin R. Kiernan and they are known collectively as The Drowning Girl. I cannot be more sincere in saying that this book is a unique experience that haunts the reader who dares to open the cover. The fabric of reality is always warping and melting and molding into something else and its fascinating because ultimately it leaves the reader to decide for themselves what is and isn't real.

    15. aPriL does feral sometimes on said:

      Only 300+ pages, but the themes, image echoes, literary and metafictional references are too numerous to catalog. This is a writer's masterpiece for other writers and literature majors. I don't mean to scare or challenge you; be warned it's not a true genre or other entertainment category, but I'd call it as coming closest to a literary gothic. There are no 'dictionary' words or overly gruesome scenarios, but it does cover ghostly mysteries possibly manifesting because of past cult suicides.Indi [...]

    16. Randolph Carter on said:

      What if you were insane, but actually haunted by a real ghost? I'm not sure why nobody has ever really tried this before (Yellow Wallpaper doesn't count because it always calls the narrator's perceptions and mental stability into question).Drenched in philosophy, history, psychology, science, and autobiography Kiernan uses her encyclopedic knowledge to weave a tale so dense it is sometimes difficulty to see where she is going but fascinating nevertheless. Imp seems to be the ultimate unreliable [...]

    17. Oscar on said:

      ‘La Joven Ahogada’, de la irlandesa Caitlín R. Kiernan, es una novela que puede encuadrarse dentro del gótico contemporáneo, es decir, que no nos vamos a encontrar castillos en ruinas y espacios lúgubres y misteriosos. Puede que lo más llamativo sea la inteligente estructura narrativa, que incluye recortes de periódicos, extractos de poemas, fragmentos de llamadas telefónicas, y algún cuento dentro de la propia novela escrito por su protagonista. Todo, hay que reconocerlo, bastante c [...]

    18. Sofia Samatar on said:

      This is a ghost story, and a mermaid story, and a werewolf story, and a schizophrenia story, and a love story. It's also a story about the power of art. The narrator, India Morgan Phelps, who goes by "Imp," is haunted by a strange woman (or possibly two women) named Eva Canning; she's also haunted by several works of art. She's haunted by a painting called The Drowning Girl, which shows a naked girl wading into the water, and by a painting called Fecunda ratis, which shows a crouching girl in re [...]

    19. Nikki on said:

      The germ of this review comes from a discussion thread about it. I don't think I've borrowed anyone else's insights, but I'll freely confess I was confused for much of this book and therefore very probably suggestible. I just finished it -- I stayed away from the thread entirely until I got chance to read The Drowning Girl, because I knew from reading The Red Tree that I'd find it frustrating, but ultimately rewarding, to go it alone. I had and google open, fact-checking the allusions made, whe [...]

    20. Bill on said:

      I finished this last night. I did not really enjoy it, though I think it a well done novel and well-researched. I googled a lot of the names and such and surprised how much was real. I do like novels that cause me to do this. I'd consider it a PsychoHorror as well as an exploration of schizophrenia with obsessive tendencies. From a medical point of view it is a good description of thought disorders, especially those with confused reality—psychosis. Perhaps the most telling part was when Imp we [...]

    21. Dina on said:

      Apoteósico. Es gótico, curioso e inquietante. Habla de suicidio, escritura y locura. Sin duda se coloca en cabeza en la lista de los mejores libros de 2017.

    22. Mariana Pereira on said:

      Pufff ainda estou a digerir muito bem o que li. Que história macabra, confusa (propositadamente), triste nem sei mais que dizer. Adorei a escrita, se não fosse por isso, tinha dado 2 estrelas.

    23. Betty on said:

      Tren polar. En la cafetería de AudreySexta parada; de vuelta a Irlanda.“Ahora voy a escribir una historia de fantasmas” Tecleo ella.“Una historia de fantasmas con una sirena y un Lobo” siguió tecleando.Yo también tecleé.La joven ahogada es un libro extraño, alucinógeno. Es el relato de Imp, una chica con esquizofrenia paranoica. Imp es la que describe a lo largo de la novela su estado mental, un viaje a lo más profundo de su mente inestable y sus percepciones de lo que para ella e [...]

    24. Ctgt on said:

      For me, this book was all about expectations.About a year ago, I read and loved The Red Tree. Being a fan of weird fiction TRT was really in my wheelhouse. I added "Drowning Girl" to my tbr but as usual took quite awhile to actually read it. In the interim I started to notice many mixed reviews especially when compared to TRT. I try not to read too many specific reviews before I read a book hoping to go in with an open mind but in this case I think finding out that this book wasn't at all like T [...]

    25. Nihan E. on said:

      Indiana Morgan Phelps, büyükannesi ve annesi gibi şizofrenik bir kadın. Büyükannesi akıl hastahanesinde, annesi de kendi evinde intihar ediyor. Kendi hikayesini - hikayelerini - yazmaya karar verdiğinde başınagelen olay - olaylar - yüzünden kız arkadaşı Abalyn tarafından terk edilmiştir. Hem içerisinde bulunduğu yalnızlık hem de ruh sağlığı yazdıkça daha da kötüye gider. Öyle ki sonlara doğru artık okumak istemiyorum diye düşündüm ama elimden bırakamadım.İn [...]

    26. Kate O'Hanlon on said:

      Kiernan's last novel The Red Tree impressed me mightily but ultimately did not win me over. I have been vindicated in my decision to give her another go. All the technical expertise, authenticity and stunning command over a deep and complex plot that was displayed in The Red Tree is out in force again but in The Drowning Girl Kiernan also brings something extra (a more likeable protagonist? a more compelling mythos? a more satisfying ending? all of this?) that made this novel one I could love as [...]

    27. Sarah on said:

      I'm still struggling with a review of this book. Imp is a fabulous, fascinating narrator. She explains in the opening chapter that she has schizophrenia. This makes the entire story suspect. What is truth? What is fact? Is it possible for something to be true without being factual? Two of Imp's own short stories become chapters of the book, but they are part of her own processing of reality. Her ghost story is peppered with references to paintings and painters and writers who may or may not exis [...]

    28. Liviu Szoke on said:

      Nu știu sigur încă dacă este o capodoperă ce va dăinui peste ani sau doar o înșiruire de elucubrații și de fantezii ciudate și bolnave din partea unei schizofrenice obsedate de un tablou. Și de o femeie goală pe care o găsește noaptea pe marginea drumului și o duce la ea acasă, supărându-și iubita lesbiană.Cred că trebuie s-o las să se mai așeze un pic și să mă mai gândesc la ea. Oricum, demn de admirat efortul autoarei și stilul încărcat de-a scrie, obositor pe al [...]

    29. Gail on said:

      The fact that this all made sense to me, does that make me insane? I loved Imp. Such a beautiful character. Being inside her head was an amazing experience. Although the night I finished reading the book, I had nightmares, reliving monsters of my child hood. Was that related? Who knows.

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