"The characters in these stories are extreme in their isolation from one another, whether they come together in a howling wind or in the comforts of a warm kitchen. Here is suicide, infidelity, madness; here are people whose skewed optimism about the next love affair, the next career, the next homestead, proves deadly. . . . Memory, affection for place, the mangled ways we manage to express the love we feel--David Vann is unafraid of the weight and the complication of these things. He is emboldened in these stories to fall headlong into the disorienting wilderness of the human heart and mind." -- Noy Holland
About the Author
DAVID VANN is assistant professor of English at Florida State University. A contributor to Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, Men's Journal, and Outside, he is author of a best-selling memoir, A Mile Down: The True Story of a Disastrous Career at Sea, and recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and Wallace Stegner Fellowship.