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