"...a sweet and sour and ultimately redemptive delight of a mystery, redolent of 80s Florida and adolescence in all its sinister glory. I devoured it." ―Kelly Link, author of Magic for Beginners and Get in Trouble
"...a thought provoking, highly atmospheric, and immensely readable debut ..." ―Jonathan Evison, New York Times Bestselling author of Small World
"...had me holding my breath. I could not put the book down." ―Razorcake
Humidity, lovebugs, and murder.
Lies from the past and a dangerous present collide when, after fifteen years in exile, Michelle Miller returns to her tiny hometown of Lorida, Florida. With her mother in the hospital, she's forced to reckon with the broken relationships she left behind: with her family, with friends, and with herself.
As a teenager, Michelle felt isolated and invisible until she met Sissy, a dynamic and wealthy classmate. Their sudden, intense friendship was all-consuming. Punk rocker Morrison later joins their clique, and they become an inseparable trio. They were the perfect high school friends, bound by dysfunction, bad TV, and boredom―until one of them ends up dead.
Forced to confront the life she turned her back on fifteen years ago, she begins questioning what was truth and what were lies. Now at a distance, Michelle begins to see how dangerous Sissy truly was.
An ingenious debut from editor and publisher Davida Breier, Sinkhole is a mesmerizing, darkly comic coming-of-age novel immersed in 1980s central Florida. A disturbing and skillful exploration of home, friendship, selfhood, and grief set amidst golf courses, mobile homes, and alligators.
In 1986, Michelle Miller, the narrator of Breier's mesmerizing debut, was 18 when she fled a trailer park after causing her best friend's death in the nowhere town of Larida, Fla. In 2001, a terse phone call from Michelle's brother—their mother may be dying—forces Michelle to return home, the last place she wants to go. As the friendless Michelle, now calling herself Ann, drives the long miles from Atlanta, where she works in a hospital's medical records department, toward Larida, memories of Sissy Davis, the girl who befriended her in high school, replay themselves. Flash back to the mid-1980s. Sissy, the indulged but neglected daughter of wealthy parents with her own car and credit card, is the center of Michelle's world. Joined by Morrison Nuñez, another high school outsider, the three become an unbreakable clique with Sissy at its center until the worst happens. Michelle must now face the truth of those years and the consequences of allowing her best friend to die. A clever plot and astute characterizations help drive this coming-of-age tale with a malevolent twist. Readers will eagerly await Breier's next.