“Drowning is horrific. Water fills the lungs, blood flow is cut off as oxygen stops going to the brain, and desperation consumes the victim. The last seconds of his or her life are a hopeless grasp for air. In Justin Lawrence Daugherty’s collection Whatever Don’t Drown Will Always Rise, drowning becomes a parable for the existential state of being and the search for the next breath is the impetus that drives the characters forward. There are ten short works, inspired by myths, but it’s not immortality at stake. Instead, these pieces are about the tenuously brittle bulwarks people try to make against the impending march of mortality.” My full review is up at Necessary Fiction. Thank you Editor Michelle Bailat-Jones!