Caribou Island

Caribou Island

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The prize-winning author of Legend of a Suicide delivers his highly anticipated debut novel. On a small island in a glacier-fed lake on Alaska\'s Kenai Peninsula, a marriage is unraveling. Gary, driven by thirty years of diverted plans, and Irene, haunted by a tragedy in her past, are trying to rebuild their life together. Following the outline of Gary\'s old dream, they\'re hauling logs to Caribou Island in good weather and in terrible storms, in sickness and in health, to build the kind of cabin that drew them to Alaska in the first place. But this island is not right for Irene. They are building without plans or advice, and when winter comes early, the overwhelming isolation of the prehistoric wilderness threatens their bond to the core. Caught in the emotional maelstrom is their adult daughter, Rhoda, who is wrestling with the hopes and disap-pointments of her own life. Devoted to her parents, she watches helplessly as they drift further apart. Brilliantly drawn and fiercely honest, Caribou Island captures the drama and pathos of a husband and wife whose bitter love, failed dreams, and tragic past push them to the edge of destruction. A portrait of desolation, violence, and the darkness of the soul, it is an explosive and unforgettable novel from a writer of limitless possibility.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 161 x 229 x 27mm
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0061875724
  • 9780061875724
  • 343,643

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''Everything that made "Legend" so absorbing, and rightly acclaimed, is here deepened and strengthened...Jonathan Franzen's Freedom...feels like a soap opera in comparison.... "Caribou Island" is a novel of fine artistry and stark emotional truth--full of our darkest currents and faintest sounds.''--Tom Gatti, Times (London)
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4 34% (943)
3 31% (861)
2 13% (353)
1 5% (151)
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