By David Vann
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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 means of a tragedy in her earlier, are attempting to rebuild their existence jointly. Following the description of Gary's outdated dream, they're hauling logs to Caribou Island in solid climate and in poor storms, in illness and in wellbeing and fitness, to construct the type of cabin that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 correct for Irene. they're development with no plans or recommendation, and whilst iciness comes early, the overpowering isolation of the prehistoric desert 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 flow extra aside.
Brilliantly drawn and fiercely sincere, Caribou Island captures the drama and pathos of a husband and spouse whose sour love, failed desires, and tragic previous push them to the sting of destruction. A portrait of desolation, violence, and the darkness of the soul, it really is an explosive and unforgettable novel from a author of unlimited probability.
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