“Legend of a Suicide” — a new Alaska book sighting in the NYT

The New York Times reports: “In his first story collection, set mostly in Alaska, David Vann exorcises demons born from the suicide of his father. … In the novella, “Sukkwan Island,” the powerful and supremely vexing centerpiece of the collection, Roy and his father make a final attempt at reconciliation. The father has bought a cabin in the Alaskan wilderness with the intent of spending a year there with his son, homesteading and living off the land.”

There is a link to a free first chapter.

I’m surprised I’ve never heard of him or read his work — have you?

The author of a previous memoir, A MILE DOWN: The True Story of a Dangerous Career at Sea, Vann was born on Adak Island (according to his author website) and now lives in Tallahassee, Florida.

1 thought on ““Legend of a Suicide” — a new Alaska book sighting in the NYT”

  1. I hadn’t heard of him either, and I pride myself on reading Alaskan writers widely. (Perhaps he slipped by because he doesn’t live here anymore.) His book was just listed as a NYT 2008 notable book — one of 100; that’s encouraging, given that it was published by a university press, no?

    Michael E.

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