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Visits from the Drowned Girl

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Visits from the Drowned Girl

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Benny Poteat is a tower jockey. Working hundreds of feet in the air repairing tension lines and replacing burnt-out light bulbs, he observes the world from above. He has seen a lot of things from his vantage point, but nothing can compare to the day he watches a woman die. She approaches the river that snakes far below him, sets up a video camera, and walks into the rushing water, never to reappear. Startled, he hurries down the tower to the scene of her death. What he does next will forever alter the course of his life. He does nothing. He gathers the girl's belongings and doesn’t tell a soul about what he saw. VISITS FROM THE DROWNED GIRL is a tale about the immovable path of destiny, and a brilliantly inventive, masterful exploration of the corrosive nature of secrecy.

Benny Poteat is a tower jockey. Working hundreds of feet in the air repairing tension lines and replacing burnt-out light bulbs, he observes the world from above. He has seen a lot of things from his vantage point, but nothing can compare to the day he watches a woman die. She approaches the river that snakes far below him, sets up a video camera, and walks into the rushing water, never to reappear. Startled, he hurries down the tower to the scene of her death. What he does next will forever alter the course of his life. He does nothing. He gathers the girl's belongings and doesn’t tell a soul about what he saw. VISITS FROM THE DROWNED GIRL is a tale about the immovable path of destiny, and a brilliantly inventive, masterful exploration of the corrosive nature of secrecy.

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  • Steven Sherrill is a graduate of UNC-Charlotte and holds an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writer's Workshop. He was the recipient of a Lila Wallace/Reader's Digest Fellowship to the MacDowell Colony. His poems and stories have appeared in Best American Poetry, The Kenyon Review, ACM: Another Chicago Magazine, Georgia Review, Mid-American Review, and others. He lives in Pennsylvania.

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  • AudioFile Magazine Benny Poteat is a voyeur, happy to paint the tops of water tanks, change light bulbs on communication towers, and do steeple maintenance hundreds of feet above the ground, far from real life. After witnessing a young woman's suicide, Benny rushes down from his perch, removes all traces of the girl, but inexplicably keeps videotapes she made before she died. While obsessively watching her videos, he gets involved with her family, never letting them know what happened to her. Holter Graham's narration is particularly effective in this way offbeat story. His whispery voice crawls inside the listener's head and rolls around like Benny's secret thoughts or, if he had one, his conscience. Steven Sherrill's second novel is unrelentingly dark, exploring the perverse side of human behavior. Graham's performance is chilling. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine
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