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....
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