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Caribou Island

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"Dazzling.... Vann knows the darkness but he writes from the compassionate light of art. This is an essential book." --Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

"Exceptional....An unflinching portrait of bad faith and bad dreams." --Ron Rash, author of Burning Bright

Set against the backdrop of Alaska's unforgiving wilderness, Caribou Island is David Vann's dark and captivating tale of a marriage pulled apart by rage and regret. With this eagerly anticipated debut novel, a masterful follow-up to his internationally bestselling short fiction anthology, Legend of a Suicide, Vann takes up the mantle of Louise Erdrich, Marilyn Robinson, and Rick Moody, delivering a powerfully wrought, enthrallingly emotional narrative of struggle and isolation.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 293 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 20.32mm | 272.15g
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0061875732
  • 9780061875731
  • 228,166

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"Caribou Island is a beautiful, richly atmospheric if unsettling novel, and deserves to consolidate Vann's position among America's literary high flyers."--Melanie McGrath, London Evening Standard
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On a small island in a glacier-fed lake on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, Gary and Irene's marriage is unraveling. Following the outline of Gary's old dream and trying to rebuild their life together, they are finally constructing the kind of cabin that drew them to Alaska in the first place. But the onset of an early winter and the overwhelming isolation of the prehistoric wilderness threaten their bond to the core.

Brilliantly drawn and fiercely honest, Caribou Island is a drama of bitter love and failed dreams--an unforgettable portrait of desolation, violence, and the darkness of the soul.
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2,622 ratings
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2 13% (344)
1 6% (147)
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