Kate Christensen

"In The Drink"

Published October 5, 2000 7:00AM (EDT)

Combining sly humor with an urban edge, Kate Christensen's "In the Drink" (Doubleday) tells the story of a resolutely clear-eyed young woman who makes a complete mess of her life, and lives to tell the tale.

In this MP3Lit.com exclusive, Christensen reads an excerpt from her novel.

"Like Bridget [Jones], Christensen's Claudia Steiner is a mess, the kind who bumps along falling into bed with losers and who drinks water 'only in the form of melted ice in my drinks'... but Claudia is endearing because she remains appreciative of her own grittiness." -Time Magazine

By Kate Christensen

Kate Christensen is the author of six novels, including "The Great Man," which won the 2008 PEN/Faulkner award, and, most recently, "The Astral." She blogs about food at katechristensen.wordpress.com. She lives in Portland, Maine.

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