Circling the Drain:

From the publisher:

In 1999, Amanda Davis’ stunning debut collection of short stories, Circling the Drain, worked its way across the literary scene like a brushfire. Critics called the author and her work "fierce," "brave," and "original," comparing her to Grace Paley, Mary Gaitskill, and A.M. Homes as a major talent with a voice all her own. In Elle magazine, Pam Houston wrote: "The final story, Faith or Tips for the Successful Young Lady, is a tour de force, exactly as ferocious as I imagine Davis must be."



From the Critics:

"Amanda Davis…has a distinctively creepy, noirish sensibility… [Circling the Drain is] a well-guided tour of scarred souls who’ve witnessed terrible things, and surprisingly, found beauty in them."

–The New York Times Book Review


"Magical…It’s amazing how deep Davis’s stories run…"

The Village Voice


"Davis’ stories are potent miniatures….[her] surreal lyricism illuminates the treacherous gap between power and powerlessness."

–Los Angeles Times


"Mesmerizing…compelling…This collection, fresh, odd and frightening, makes Davis a writer to watch."

–Chicago Tribune


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