Circling the Drain: Stories (Paperback)


By Amanda Davis

Harper Perennial, 9780688179090, 208pp.

Publication Date: May 16, 2000



Enter into the worlds of fifteen young women who, despite their vastly different circumstances, seem to negotiate an eerily similar and unavoidably dangerous emotional terrain. With a visceral bite or a surreal edge, each electrically charged story in Circling the Drain presents women trying to understand the nature of loss--of leaving or being left--and discovering that in the throes of feverish conflict, things are rarely what they seem. By turns dark and lyrical, ferocious and playful, these stories are precise, startling, and undeniably original. Reading them is a cathartic, mesmerizing literary experience.

Praise For Circling the Drain: Stories

“Mesmerizing . . . compelling . . . This collection, fresh, odd, and frightening, makes Davis a writer to watch.”
-Chicago Tribune

“A well-guided tour of scarred souls who’ve witnessed terrible things, and surprisingly, found odd bits of beauty in them.”
-New York Times Book Review