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Stop Making Sense

I read anything that's nailed down, or even just moving slowly. Cereal boxes, candy wrappers, all genres, etc., and I don't always have much time for arbitrary distinctions like literary fiction vs. genre fiction.

The Drowning Girl

The Drowning Girl - CaitlĂ­n R. Kiernan I'll admit it: I don't understand this book. I couldn't tell who was speaking sometimes, I don't understand how the Evas fit (or their relationship to Imp), and I don't understand even whether there WAS a narrative arc, let alone whether it was good. The nonlinear structure didn't help in this regard.

The reason I gave the book 2 stars is because of the writing. Kiernan gets across brilliantly what a disordered mind might be like, and I want to root for Imp because of it. She also conveys a sense of place very, very well. It might simply be the nature of the mental illness that I couldn't find a hook to hang my hat on.

As I said, I don't know what to think about this one. Sorry if this review isn't much help.