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Boiled peanuts, 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.

About the Author

Davida G. Breier was born in Miami, FL. She's spent the last two decades in various roles within the book industry and currently works for Johns Hopkins University Press. Davida lives in Maryland with her family, a pack of wee rescue dogs, a rescue tortoise, and two companion chickens.


"The surprising ending—with some extraordinary revelations—is downright healing. And while there is criminal behavior, it's on the sidelines of the story, never at the center. A wonderful tale about the power of friendship to transcend evil that young adults should also appreciate." —Brian Kenney, First Clue


"...delivers an astounding addition to coming-of-age stories. This riveting homage to the 1980s features a love letter to Wild Florida, a part of the state very few tourists and residents experience. Told with the same passionate love of the land that captivates fans of James Lee Burke, Sinkhole transports readers to the noisy, humid, bug-ridden, and wondrously beautiful inland Florida." —Meredith Babb, former Director, University Press of Florida

"Breier writes with fierce energy and a swampy verisimilitude in this twisty story of a woman unraveling a web of cruel lies. Surprising and affecting, it's a terrifically entertaining exploration of emotional abuse and the cost of leaving your problems behind." —Jeff Somers, author of The Electric Church

"Equal parts Freaks and Geeks, The Bad Seed and Welcome to the Dollhouse. I declined invitations to go out while I downed it in big gulps because I had to know what happened next." —Liz Mason, manager of Quimby's Bookstore (Chicago)

"...sticky, pre-digital, late 20th-century teenage attachments will suck you into a Central Florida liberally seasoned with 80s deep cuts." —Ayun Halliday, author of No Touch Monkey!

"Lies open up like sinkholes in Davida G. Breier's compelling and nostalgic debut. Little fibs widen into gapping manipulations that swallow entire lives and turn the pages. Filled with spot-on nods to '80s culture, which rekindle the teen angst in us all, the truth could be a lifeline if these characters are able to climb out of what they lost in their youth." —Gregg Wilhelm, Director, Mason Creative Writing, George Mason University

"Both haunting and haunted, Sinkhole exposes a universal truth that childhood is complicated and high school can be both formative and devastating. Those experiences have lasting, powerful, and profound ramifications. What Breier reveals so masterfully in her debut novel is a narrative filled with self-doubt, unseen possibilities, and the hope and freedom of recognizing, finally, the face looking back at you in the mirror." —Brad Bertelli, author of The Florida Keys Skunk Ape Files and A Local's Guide to Bloodline

"Sentence by sentence, the ground begins to give way in this marvelous tale." —Rafael Alvarez, author of the Orlo & Leini stories and The Wire: Truth Be Told, and screenwriter for HBO-TV's The Wire

"...the exemplar of a page-turner. Sinkhole sucked me in and swirled me through page after page of guilty pleasures and hard-won insights from intimately relatable characters. A mature first work - more, please!" —Susan Gore, PhD, Board President, LGBTQ Resource Center, Gulfport Public Library
University of New Orleans Press

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May 26, 2022
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