Books by David Vann

GOAT MOUNTAIN by David Vann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"This book is as all of Vann's fiction: provocative and unforgiving."
Vann's third novel is his most visceral yet: a grinding examination of killing, God and the unnamable forces that create a dynasty of violence. Read full book review >
DIRT by David Vann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2012

After his widely acclaimed first novel, Vann touches on some of the same themes here: enlightenment through labor, the inevitability of violence, the contentious relationship between mother and son.

Vann takes us to the early '80s in California's Central Valley. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 20, 2011

Acclaimed novelist Vann (Caribou Island, 2011, etc.) alternates his own adolescent fantasies about guns and school shootings with those of Steve Kazmierczak, who on Valentine's Day 2008 killed five and wounded 18 on the Northern Illinois University campus before ending his own life.

The author's notes that his back story and that of Kazmierczak are similar. Read full book review >

CARIBOU ISLAND by David Vann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 18, 2011

"A striking novel filled with the violence borne of a bitter life.     "
A bleak Alaska serves as backdrop for this unforgiving glimpse into the many miseries that shape a marriage. Read full book review >
A MILE DOWN by David Vann
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 1, 2005

"How many mishaps can be described in bilious tones before the audience needs to come up for air?"
The author pursues his dream of becoming a charter-boat captain, even though Lady Luck keeps hitting him on the head as if with a baseball bat. Read full book review >