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This was a very difficult read for me. Even more so to comprehend. It rode me through a flash flood of emotional turmoil and I spilled out onto a delta of raw nerves and confusion. This is truly powerful writing from a girl drowning in her own mind, keening for a beaching or an effusing life preserver.

Imp—India Morgan Phelps to the unacquainted—is lost in reality of the agreed-upon kind. She has been drawn and quartered by institutions, psychologists, even apparitions. She has turned to self-actualization(1) to unlock her perceptions of things, hence the title's subform, A Memoir. And she is a genuine artist, compelled to discover the truth and not just the facts. She is a scrapper, willing to make the hard decisions that are unsupportable and considered insane by her society. But her mind is a whirling dervish of information, some of it validated by incorporeal experiences which tip it into the territory for the truly psychotic.


(01/26/2016) I must admit defeat. Some works of Art are just impossible for me to comment on. Sure, it's a matter of time spent, either with a quick, non-notational reading, or with the difficulty of explaining a complex story without spending days on it. But, I'm afraid to say, even though I was educated for this very thing, sometimes I do not have the mental capacity to tackle works of majesty like this one. There's too much to say, but there's also too much to organize into a coherent review without shortchanging—not to mention insulting, even—the author of the work. This is hard for me to acknowledge since I am quite the egotist. In fact, my ego will not allow me to accurately place the blame, as I have once again wandered off trail, mesmerizing myself. But here is the peanut in the shell: It is not my inability to "organize" the material, it is the failing to rise my ponderings to the level of the book in the first place. So, regarding The Drowning Girl and other novels I've skimmed in review and treated poorly—which are usually fictions of unquestionable merit—I say


Just read this fooker, okay?

Or, read the review below . . .


1) Abraham Maslow's term for "the basic needs of humans must be met (e.g. food, shelter, warmth, security, sense of belongingness) before a person can achieve self-actualization--the need to be good, to be fully alive and to find meaning in life". (

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