Legend of a Suicide
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Legend of a Suicide

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"The reportorial relentlessness of [David] Vann's imagination often makes his fiction seem less written than chiseled. A small, lovely book has been written out of his large and evident pain."--New York Times Book Review

In Legend of a Suicide, his heartbreaking semi-autobiographical debut story-collection, David Vann relates the story of a young man trying to come to terms with the guilt and pain of his father's suicide. The wild outback of the author's native Alaska acts as the ideal backdrop for this collage of six stories--a novella and five shorts--and mirrors the author's own psychological wilderness. From "an important new voice in American literature" (Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain) comes an unforgettable exploration of the tragic gaps between one boy and his father.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 134 x 204 x 17mm | 209g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061875848
  • 9780061875847
  • 115,741

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In semiautobiographical stories set largely in David Vann's native Alaska, Legend of a Suicide follows Roy Fenn from his birth on an island at the edge of the Bering Sea to his return thirty years later to confront the turbulent emotions and complex legacy of his father's suicide.
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Review quote

David Vann s extraordinary and inventive set of fictional variations on his father s death will surely become an American classic. --The Times Literary Supplement (London)"
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2,188 ratings
3.76 out of 5 stars
5 24% (531)
4 41% (906)
3 24% (527)
2 7% (164)
1 3% (60)
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