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Widely acclaimed around the world, David Vann is “an artist” (New York Times), “a truly great writer” (Irish Sunday Independent), “one of the best writers of his generation” (Le Figaro)and, quite possibly, the greatest American author you have yet to discover
978-0-8021-2479-1 • $16.00 • Paperback • Jan. 2016
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“Vann’s prose is as pure as a gulp of water from an Alaskan stream.”
David Vann’s dazzling debut Legend of a Suicide sold over 250,000 copies in France alone, was reviewed in over 150 major global publications, won eleven prizes worldwide, was on forty Best Books of the Year lists, and established its author as a literary master. Since then, internationally bestselling Vann has delivered an exceptional body of work, receiving fifteen awards, including best foreign novel in France and Spain (France’s Prix Médicis Étranger, Spain’s Premi Llibreter), a California Book Award, and the Grace Paley Prize. Aquarium, his implosive new book and the first to be published by Grove, will take Vann to a wider audience than ever before.
Twelve-year-old Caitlin lives alone with her mothera docker at the local container portin subsidized housing next to an airport in Seattle. Each day, while she waits to be picked up after school, Caitlin visits the local aquarium to study the fish. Gazing at the creatures within the watery depths, Caitlin accesses a shimmering universe beyond her own. When she befriends an old man at the tanks one day, who seems as enamored of the fish as she, Caitlin cracks open a dark family secret and propels her once-blissful relationship with her mother toward a precipice of terrifying consequence.
In crystalline, chiseled, yet graceful prose, Aquarium takes us into the heart of a brave young girl whose longing for love and capacity for forgiveness transforms the damaged people around her. Relentless and heartbreaking, primal and redemptive, Aquarium is a transporting story from one of the best American writers of our time.