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A Year in Reading: David Vann

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I read Me and Mr. Booker by Cory Taylor for Jennifer Byrne’s First Tuesday Book Club in Australia, and I loved it. A kind of Lolita from Lolita’s point of view. And thinking of Australian authors, I have to say I think Gail Jones is absolutely brilliant, in her writing and also in person. Her most recent novel is Five Bells.

I read Per Petterson’s Out Stealing Horses finally this year (I realize I was slow on this one), and I think it deserves all its acclaim. This book has it all: a compelling, surprising, important story, well-drawn characters, beautiful landscape description, reflection that has you wondering about your own life, etc.

coverI reviewed Ross Raisin’s new novel, Waterline, for the Financial Times, and I think this second novel confirms him as an exciting talent.

In the U.S., I blurbed Keith Scribner’s new novel, The Oregon Experiment, because I just absolutely loved it. In the midst of anarchists and chaos, he offers uncommon sympathy and grace in a marriage lost then found, and redemption from what we fear most, that we can’t run from who we are, that the past is waiting to ambush us.

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One Response to “A Year in Reading: David Vann”

  1. elle
    at 8:03 pm on December 14, 2011

    Thanks for suggesting Per Petterson’s “Out Stealing Horses”. I have been meaning to read this for a while now, and I keep forgetting to add it to the list (it will make the 2012 one for sure).
    And thank you for your “Legend of a Suicide”, one of my favorite reads of 2011. Mark O’Connell recommended it in an essay for The Millions. The chilling emotions echoing the wilderness…the book haunts me still.

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