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The Drowning House by Elizabeth Black
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Oct 08, 2013 | ISBN 9780307949066

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“[Black] possesses elegant descriptive powers … The honky-tonk allure of Galveston’s Strand district … comes alive in all its touched-up splendor.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A page-turning chronicle of grief and memory . . .  propelled by Black’s lyrical, haunting narration.” —BookPage

“Elegant and evocative.” —The Toronto Star

“Absorbing. . . . A love letter to Galveston, its peculiar barrier island ways and the shape that its isolated, ingrown history gives to relationships and events.” —Philadelphia City Paper
“An engrossing story of perception and context, with an appealing heroine and a fascinating setting.” —The Free Lance-Star

“A dark, addictive and compelling tale of Galveston Island. It builds to a stunning climax that keeps you reading compulsively to the end.” Galveston Daily News

“A notable debut. . . . Thrillingly evocative. . . . Elizabeth Black excels at summoning the unique culture of Galveston . . . [and] absorbingly draws out the isolationist, melancholy nature the island’s inhabitants have cultivated.” —The Dallas Morning News
“[The Drowning House] offers the ravages of water, fire, and wind, and a portrait of Galveston struggling to disentangle itself from a romanticized past.” —Texas Observer
“Black, a poet, takes great care to construct each paragraph to reflect the complicated physical and emotional landscape of Clare’s hometown.” —Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“Black mythologizes this landscape, evoking its essence and that of its inhabitants, creating a novel that is far more than the sum of its parts.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Black’s tempered prose and moody vulnerability creates a rich debut; both sensitive and sensational.” —Kirkus Reviews

The Drowning House marks the emergence of an impressive new literary voice. Elizabeth Black’s suspenseful inquiry into dark family secrets is enriched by a remarkable succession of images, often minutely observed, that bring characters, setting, and story sharply into focus.” —John Berendt, New York Times bestselling author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

“Prepare to be lost in Elizabeth Black’s Galveston. Strange, mysterious, and utterly riveting, The Drowning House is a captivating mystery as well as a beautifully realized story about grief that skillfully evokes the heat, humidity, and languid desire that pervade Gulf Coast life.” —Michelle Richmond, New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Fog

“As dark and gleaming as a ruby, Elizabeth Black’s suspenseful debut limns the slippery nature of truth surrounding a shocking tragedy, with language so exquisite you’ll be underlining phrases.” —Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You

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