By David Vann
The prize-winning writer of Legend of a Suicide supplies his hugely expected debut novel.
On a small island in a glacier-fed lake on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, a wedding is unraveling. Gary, pushed by means of thirty years of diverted plans, and Irene, haunted by way of a tragedy in her previous, try to rebuild their existence jointly. Following the description of Gary's previous dream, they're hauling logs to Caribou Island in reliable climate and in bad storms, in affliction and in wellbeing and fitness, to construct the type of cabin that drew them to Alaska within the first position.
yet this island isn't really correct for Irene. they're construction with out plans or recommendation, and while wintry weather comes early, the overpowering isolation of the prehistoric desolate tract threatens their bond to the center. stuck within the emotional maelstrom is their grownup daughter, Rhoda, who's wrestling with the hopes and disap-pointments of her personal existence. dedicated to her mom and dad, she watches helplessly as they waft extra aside.
Brilliantly drawn and fiercely sincere, Caribou Island captures the drama and pathos of a husband and spouse whose sour love, failed goals, and tragic prior push them to the sting of destruction. A portrait of desolation, violence, and the darkness of the soul, it's an explosive and unforgettable novel from a author of unlimited hazard.
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Caribou Island: A Novel by David Vann