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A Woman Named Drown A Novel

by Padgett Powell

A Woman Named Drown A Novel Synopsis

Hailed by Time as an extravagantly comic novel, A Woman Named Drown is a wild and strange journey through America's South that follows a young PhD dropout who falls in with an amateur actress-cum-pool shark On the brink of earning his doctorate in chemistry, the unnamed narrator decides to chuck it all away in favor of real life. So begins an odd pilgrimage through the American South. In Tennessee, our hero is bewitched by an older, gin-swilling, pool-playing sometimes-actress who claims to have recently starred in a theatrical production about a woman named Drown. He moves in with her and just as quickly begins encountering her strange compatriots. Before he knows it, they're heading farther south together-to Florida-where the data that the dropout scientist is collecting from life's laboratory is about to get quite contradictory. Richly influenced by offbeat literary giant Donald Barthelme, Padgett Powell's A Woman Named Drown offers readers a smorgasbord of literary strangeness-a surreal series of adventures in which nothing much-and yet everything-happens at once.

A Woman Named Drown A Novel Press Reviews

We are on the border of Donald Barthelme's never-never land. . . . Powell is very funny. His characters are raffish clowns with foul mouths and a kind of crazy sweetness. This is special stuff. There's a lot of vivid life here. -People Powell's ear for Southern speech is impeccable. -Publishers Weekly

Book Information

ISBN: 9781480464216
Publication date: 23rd January 2014
Author: Padgett Powell
Publisher: Open Road Media
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 178 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Padgett Powell

Padgett Powell is the author of six novels, including The Interrogative Mood and You & Me. His novel Edisto was a finalist for the National Book Award. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, Little Star, and the Paris Review, and he is the recipient of the Rome Fellowship in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as the Whiting Writers' Award. He lives in Gainesville, Florida, where he teaches writing at MFA@FLA, the writing program of the University of Florida.

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