Search Results: "David Vann"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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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 >

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BRIGHT AIR BLACK by David Vann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"In his ambitious new version of an ancient classic, Vann sacrifices clarity for lyricism but falls short of both."
A retelling of the story of Medea and her exploits with Jason and the Argonauts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AQUARIUM by David Vann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"Vann's novels are striking, uncompromising portraits of American life; here is another exceptional example."
Vann, whose remarkable novels evoke worlds where violence and revenge seem the inevitable outcome of human relationships, offers here a kind of modern fairy tale, one laced with treachery and trials and the greatest demon of all to battle, the past. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
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 >

BOOK REVIEW

DIRT by David Vann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2012

"At turns savage and comic, Vann's richly complex novel does what the best literature does: It makes demands on its readers."
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. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 20, 2011

"A carefully crafted account of a descent into fatal madness."
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. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WOULD-YOU-TAKE MAN by Bill Vann
Released: Aug. 29, 2009

"A smart, entertaining take on the life of a salesman."
A car dealer walks a moral tightrope in this savvy fictional exposé of the auto industry. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THINGS I KNOW ABOUT LOVE by Kate le Vann
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 22, 2010

"Good for a quick cry. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Livia, 17, is determined to find romance. Read full book review >

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DAVID OWEN
by Alex Layman

The American West has long been a place of myth and wonder, of dramatic canyons, mesas, and mountain ranges. These dramatic landscapes have wooed Americans for centuries, and The New Yorker’s David Owen isn’t immune to its siren song. Though Owen has lived in Connecticut for most of his adult life, he spent the summers of his youth in ...


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DAVID SAMUEL LEVINSON
by James McDonald

“I'm just furious,” David Samuel Levinson says, agitation lending his voice both energy and an edge. “I'm furious that we have to talk about this in 2017.” It was less than a month into the new administration when we discussed his novel, Tell Me How This Ends Well, and the dangerous implications for minority groups of ...


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