David Vann - Aquarium

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 7:00pm

Twelve year old Caitlin lives alone with her mothera docker at the local container portin subsidized housing next to an airport in Seattle. Each day, while she waits to be picked up after school, Caitlin visits the local aquarium to study the fish. Gazing at the creatures within the watery depths, Caitlin accesses a shimmering universe beyond her own. When she befriends an old man at the tanks one day, who seems as enamored of the fish as she, Caitlin cracks open a dark family secret and propels her once-blissful relationship with her mother toward a precipice of terrifying consequence. In crystalline, chiseled yet graceful prose, Aquarium takes us into the heart of a brave young girl whose longing for love and capacity for forgiveness transforms the damaged people around her.

Published in 20 languages, David Vann's internationally-bestselling books have won 15 prizes, including best foreign novel in France and Spain, and appeared on 75 Best Books of the Year lists in a dozen countries. A former Guggenheim fellow, he is currently a Professor at the University of Warwick in England and Honorary Professor at the University of Franche-Comté in France.

Location: 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925
Aquarium Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802123527
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - March 3rd, 2015

"Like Melville, Faulkner, and McCarthy, Vann is already one of the great ones of American literature."--ABC(Spain)

"Vann's prose is as pure as a gulp of water from an Alaskan stream."--Financial Times