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Aquarium - David Vann

Aquarium

By: David Vann

eBook | 25 February 2015 | Edition Number 1

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Twelve-year-old Caitlin lives alone with her mother in subsidised 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 enamoured of the fish as she, Caitlin cracks open a dark family secret and propels her once-blissful relationship with her mother towards a precipice of terrifying consequence.

In crystalline and graceful prose, Aquarium takes us into the heart of a brave young girl whose longing for love and capacity for forgiveness transform the damaged people around her. Relentless and heartbreaking, primal and redemptive, Aquarium is a transporting story from one of the best writers working today.

David Vann's internationally bestselling books have won fifteen prizes, including best foreign novel in France and Spain, and appeared on seventy-five Best Books of the Year lists in a dozen countries. David is currently a Professor at the University of Warwick in England and Honorary Professor at the University of Franche-Comte in France.

'One of the most exciting writers at work today.' Australian

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

'One of the most darkly talented and unsettling writers working today.' Guardian

'Vann is a brave writer, daring to write about and depict things that most other authors would baulk at, but that's what makes him so good - that unflinching eye for the darkness you could potentially find in any of us, given the wrong chain of events.' Independent

'A kind of modern fairy tale...Unlike Vann's other novels, which exist in a closed system of violence and despair, this story offers redemption...Vann's novels are striking, uncompromising portraits of American life; here is another exceptional example.'?Kirkus Reviews

'Since electrifying the literary world five years ago with his debut novel, Legend of a Suicide, Vann has racked up an astonishing number of international awards. This lovely, wrenching novel should add to that list.' STARRED Review, Library Journal

'[Vann] is the real thing-a mature, risk-taking and fantastically adept fiction writer who dares go to the darkest places, explore their most appalling corners.' Observer

'Vann's prose is as pure as a gulp of water from an Alaskan stream.' Publishers Weekly

'As ever, Vann is good on gloom and at creating an atmosphere of queasy delight.' Weekend Australian

'David Vann has been one of the most thrilling discoveries of the past decade or so.' Stephen Romei

'Delicate, coming-of-age sensuality.' New York Times

'Aquarium virtually bends light, plunging the reader into the relentless darkness of tormented souls in a splintered family...His language hits the reader like shrapnel in a metalworker's studio-fragmented and sharp-fitting for novels so packed with shattering turns.' Seattle Times

'[Vann] sees the darkest depths, and takes the reader there...his best book yet.' Otago Daily Times

'Aquarium is a powerful novel of family and loss, a coming of age story of secrets and lies, a mystery of love and hate. It is profoundly moving, utterly beautiful and almost unbearably painful, a breathtaking achievement of a book.' Star

'David Vann's work has a spare, parable-like quality...[he] writes with deft control and a gift for prose propelled as effortlessly as a school of fish.' Financial Times

'Vann's provocative prose is filled with a sense of wonder and beauty, even when the lives he describes are tragic.' LA Times

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