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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (579 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Caitlin R. Kiernan Narrator: Suzy Jackson Publisher: Neil Gaiman Presents Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2012 ISBN:
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The Drowning Girl is a novel written as the memoir of protagonist India Morgan Phelps, better known as "Imp" to her friends. Imp is the latest in a long line of women in her family who suffer from mental illness. She is writing her memoir in an attempt to sort through both reality and her perception of it. She also uses it to deal with several horrifying events that relate back to a mysterious woman named Eva Canning.

As a schizophrenic, Imp is an extremely unreliable narrator. She cannot remember when she met Canning, or even how many times. She is sure, however, that is was in either July or November, or perhaps both. Imp is very aware of her unreliability, and admits openly that her word cannot be trusted as fact. This is especially obvious when she talks of her run-ins with a mermaid, a werewolf, a ghost and other possibly mythical creatures.

The book also covers Imp's relationship with her girlfriend Abalyn. Their relationship is a sweet, albeit unusual, love story that is explained between passages of Imp's memories and contemplations. It is clear that Abalyn plays a key role in Imp's life and that the pair love one another deeply.

The Drowning Girl was written by science fiction and fantasy author Caitlin R. Kiernan. Kiernan is a prolific writer, writing novels, comic books. short stories, novellas and even scientific papers. Her first novel, Silk, was published in 1998. She has since published nine more novels, including Threshold, The Five of Cups, Low Red Moon, Murder of Angels, Daughter of Hounds, Beowulf, The Red Tree, The Drowning Girl: A Memoir and Blood Oranges.

The Drowning Girl is available in audiobook format thanks to the label Neil Gaiman Presents. Gaiman is an author, narrator and screenwriter who hands selects all of the books released on his label. The audiobook version of The Drowning Girl includes an introduction by Gaiman.

Award-winning author, narrator, and screenwriter Neil Gaiman personally selected this book, and, using the tools of the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX), cast the narrator and produced this work for his audiobook label, Neil Gaiman Presents.

A few words from Neil on The Drowning Girl: As with all Neil Gaiman Presents titles, it's very important to me to find the voice that comes closest to the voice in the author's head; for Caitlin, for this book, that was Suzy Jackson. It was not until the second round of auditions that we found someone who sounded young but not naïve, someone who could catalogue the sharp detail of Imp's carefully observed daily life but also convey the blurred edges of her reality. Caitlin and Suzy kept in touch during the recording, and the result is a reading that is precise but not stagey, a literary but accessible reading of the novel.

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....

Winner of the 2013 Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas White | 1/16/2014

    " This novel was simply amazing. So much more than a ghost story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 1/6/2014

    " I'm not entirely sure what to say about this book. I appreciated it, but I didn't enjoy it. I fully expected to be blown away by this novel since it has so many of my favorite themes: mental illness, ghosts, and fairy tale creatures. However, while the prose was lovely and the book was well-written overall, I felt entirely detached and never engaged with the plot or the characters. In fact, Imp was really irritating to me and her deliberate unreliability as a narrator alienated me rather than intriguing me. The book, as a whole, made no impact on me, yet I will admit that Kiernan has a lovely prose style that I'm willing to read more of in the future. The biggest thing that bothers me is the fact that this has received a Bram Stoker award nomination (which is why I decided to read it) yet it was definitely magical realism and, while occasionally dark, was in no way what I would ever classify as horror or even dark fantasy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabe | 12/22/2013

    " Incredible and insane, and worth diving into the madness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Garrett Zecker | 12/18/2013

    " This was a fascinating modern fairy tale that fantastically explored relationships, the written word, mental illness, and fairy tales in general to complete a picture of modern relationships and the search for that secret knowledge, love, or obsession that occasionally drives the right type of person. The nested narratives of the narrator, who suffers from some sort of unnamed psychosis that blends schizophrenia with OCD and traces of various other conditions, allows for a dreamy and real story that is enchantingly believable in many ways even though it is entirely fantastic in many ways as well. I really enjoyed the fact that it was set in New England, and many of the settings are real natural locations. Reminiscent of Card's Enchantment in many ways, this book is an extremely fun read, and it is definitely recommended it to just about anyone who is in the mood for a modern fairy tale with realistic tones. I gave it a 3 because of its execution, but just judging it on its entertainment merit it would be a 4 - it is just a fun story and I enjoyed getting lost in it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bekki McClish | 12/3/2013

    " I didn't actually get to finish this as it was due back at the library. But I enjoyed what I did read and I likely get it again someday to finish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tudor Ciocarlie | 11/26/2013

    " Extraordinary novel! This book blends together a ghost story, a mermaid story, a werewolf story and a schizophrenia story and what is born is an incredible book about myth, truth, art and love. I cannot recommend it enough. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sara Smith | 9/7/2013

    " Blah. This book is about a schizophrenic, and the story was written that way. I forced myself through two chapters, but I can't read any more because my brain hurts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig | 7/21/2013

    " Tor.com gave this book a stellar review....now starting.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 E. Catherine | 2/14/2013

    " Going to review this when I can find more words than "wow." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roxanne | 8/25/2012

    " Sad. Beautiful. A work that settles in your soul and thereby unsettles it. "

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