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By Padgett Powell
Hailed by means of Time as an “extravagantly comic” novel, a girl Named Drown is a wild and unusual trip via America’s South that follows a tender PhD dropout who falls in with an novice actress–cum-pool shark
On the edge of incomes his doctorate in chemistry, the unnamed narrator comes to a decision to chuck all of it away in prefer of genuine lifestyles. So starts off a strange pilgrimage in the course of the American South. In Tennessee, our hero is bewitched through an older, gin-swilling, pool-playing sometimes-actress who claims to have lately starred in a theatrical creation a few “woman named Drown.” He strikes in along with her and simply as fast starts off encountering her unusual compatriots. sooner than he is familiar with it, they’re heading farther south together—to Florida—where the information that the dropout scientist is accumulating from life’s laboratory is set to get relatively contradictory.
Richly motivated via offbeat literary gigantic Donald Barthelme, Padgett Powell’s a lady Named Drown deals readers a smorgasbord of literary strangeness—a surreal sequence of adventures during which not anything much—and but everything—happens right away.
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