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Visits from the Drowned Girl | [Steven Sherrill]

Visits from the Drowned Girl

Tower jockey Benny Poteat has seen a lot of things. Working hundreds of feet in the air repairing tension lines and replacing burnt-out bulbs, secured by nothing but a leather harness and carabiners, he's witnessed baptisms, outdoor weddings, dogfights, glorious sunsets, topless sunbathers, fierce storms, raging fires, and plenty more. Not much he sees surprises him, until the day he watches a woman die.
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Tower jockey Benny Poteat has seen a lot of things. Working hundreds of feet in the air repairing tension lines and replacing burnt-out bulbs, secured by nothing but a leather harness and carabiners, he's witnessed baptisms, outdoor weddings, dogfights, glorious sunsets, topless sunbathers, fierce storms, raging fires, and plenty more. Not much he sees surprises him, until the day he watches a woman die.

She approaches the river that snakes far below him, sets up a video camera, and walks in to the rushing water, never to reappear. Startled by what he's witnessed and his inability to prevent it, Benny hurries down the tower to the scene of her death. He gathers up her belongings, and doesn't tell a soul about what he saw. Instead, he visits the address on a business card in the drowned girl's bag. He insinuates himself into a life she once lived. Meanwhile, the secret he carries threatens to destroy him.

©2004 Steven Sherrill; (P)2004 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

"[An] immaculately written, perversely comic novel....Mesmerizing and disturbing." (Booklist)
"[A] funny, bleak and poetic novel....Sherrill paints a wryly humorous, bawdy, scatological panorama of Southern culture....More than that, his limpid, naturalistic prose, woven with symbolic structure and philosophical insinuation, conveys a subtly convincing sense of the enervating voyeurism of modern life." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Clint Buffalo Grove, IL, USA 06-13-05
    Clint Buffalo Grove, IL, USA 06-13-05
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    "Interesting & worth a listen!"

    I liked this book. While the protaganist (Benny) is weak minded, sadomasochistic and basically a loser, the story is somehow interesting. Benny can't face reality, is unfaithful to himself and all of those around him. Yet he is not an evil person...we all have bits and pieces of him in ourselves, I think. The story makes you look a little at yourself, and this is not a bad thing (unless you can't handle it). The speaker, by the way, is excellent. A recommended read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paul levy 10-11-09
    Paul levy 10-11-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Beautifully dense"

    A magnificent book. The language is beautifully rich. The author does a wonderful thing, he describes the world of a simple person in a refreshingly intricate way.

    Listening is bliss.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Noira Hillsboro, OR 08-12-12
    Noira Hillsboro, OR 08-12-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Not the fantasy world of The Andy Griffith Show"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is an interesting read, I would recommend with warnings however.


    If you’ve listened to books by Steven Sherrill before, how does this one compare?

    I loved Minotaur 'The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break', this book falls a little short in comparison. And seems to take place in the same town, or one very much like it, they do abound far out from the cities.


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    I'll be looking for more of his readings, so yes.


    If you could take any character from Visits from the Drowned Girl out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    This may be one of the downfalls of this story, no one I'd like to go to dinner with here, this does not mean that there were no likeable characters, just people you would rather keep as acquaintances. Jeeter has an interesting place and could be worth a visit, if I had a friend that took me by, that is.


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    David Birmingham, AL, USA 08-11-04
    David Birmingham, AL, USA 08-11-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Sick City USA"

    This book was a painstacking adventure to listen too! The characters are something out of backwoods USA. The city and characters are unbelievably sick minded. The whole book is in search of finding out who the dead girl is and what she is all about. When we find out, it is anticlimatic and expected. Sorry for the negative words, but I found this book a waste of time.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer H. Buckner 12-24-04 Member Since 2004

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    "don't bother"

    My entire book club hated this book. The characters are discusting and the story is even worse. However, we agreed that the narrator did a very good job and the author wrote well. Too bad the talent was wasted on such a terrible tale.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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