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Caribou Island
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Caribou Island
A Novel
Edition: Unabridged
Creators: David Vann, Bronson Pinchot
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Imprint: Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC
Pub. date: 01/18/2011
Lib. SRP: 39.95 USD
Ret. SRP: 16.95 USD
Format: OverDrive WMA Audiobook
ISBN: 9781441771742
DRM Level: Windows Media DRM
Min. Version: OverDrive app 1.0 / 1.0 (Windows Mobile)
File size: 119354 KB
Duration: 08:18:18
Languages:
   English
Subjects:
   Fiction, Literature
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Short Description:
   

On a small island in a glacier-fed lake on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, Gary and Irene's marriage is unraveling. Alone now that the children are grown, Gary, driven by thirty years of diverted plans, is determined to build from scratch the cabin he has always wanted, believing it will recapture what once drew him to Alaska. Irene knows better. She suspects that the cabin is Gary's first step to leaving her.

Soon they are hauling logs out to Caribou Island in good weather and in terrible storms, in sickness and in health. But setbacks begin to create chinks in Gary's half-baked design, while Irene is stricken with mysterious headaches and troubling flashes of her tragic past. With each trip to the island their desperation escalates, and when winter comes early, the punishing desolation of the prehistoric wilderness will threaten to push Irene and Gary to the edge and end a marriage sustained by pain and rage that has been simmering for years.

A noir novel rooted in a world of...

Full Description:
   

On a small island in a glacier-fed lake on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, Gary and Irene's marriage is unraveling. Alone now that the children are grown, Gary, driven by thirty years of diverted plans, is determined to build from scratch the cabin he has always wanted, believing it will recapture what once drew him to Alaska. Irene knows better. She suspects that the cabin is Gary's first step to leaving her.

Soon they are hauling logs out to Caribou Island in good weather and in terrible storms, in sickness and in health. But setbacks begin to create chinks in Gary's half-baked design, while Irene is stricken with mysterious headaches and troubling flashes of her tragic past. With each trip to the island their desperation escalates, and when winter comes early, the punishing desolation of the prehistoric wilderness will threaten to push Irene and Gary to the edge and end a marriage sustained by pain and rage that has been simmering for years.

A noir novel rooted in a world of profound violence and regret, Caribou Island is an exploration of marriage and exile set against the interminable restlessness of Alaska's primal landscape.

Reviews:
  New York Times Book Review
      Praise for Legend of a Suicide: "The reportorial relentlessness of Vann's imagination often makes his fiction seem less written than chiseled. A small, lovely book has been written out of his large and evident pain."
  AudioFile Magazine
      David Vann's novel is as bleak as the Alaskan tundra. The lives of self-absorbed characters reveling in their dissatisfaction are brought to life by Bronson Pinchot's mesmerizing narration. He uses intonation and pacing to make each character unique. Irene, the catalyst for the events in the story, has the voice of one fearful of being alone as she imagines her husband, Gary, planning his desertion. His voice is full of regret as he berates a life that has never gone his way, never accepting his complicity in his failures. Even minor characters, such as the cruelly manipulative Monique, are fully drawn. Pinchot's delivery is as unemotional and bleak as the story. The listener knows know where this train wreck is headed but still can't help watching. N.E.M. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine
  Publisher's Weekly
     

November 1, 2010
People haunted by their own failures and lost dreams drive Vann's earnest but uneven first novel, which opens with Irene, an ailing middle-aged Alaskan woman, telling her grown daughter, Rhoda, about coming home and finding her mother "hanging from the rafters" one day when she was 10 years old. Irene also tells Rhoda that she believes her husband, Gary, wants to leave her. Gary, "a champion of regret," wanted to be an academic, but ekes out a living fishing and building boats while planning a self-imposed exile with Irene on an island in Alaska's Skilak Lake, where he's building a crude log cabin. Rhoda envisions marital bliss with her boyfriend, Jim, a philandering, selfish dentist. Their internal monologues rage with ideas and desires that read like authorial conceits, not the thoughts of real people. The only true character is Alaska itself, and Vann, author of the story collection Legend of a Suicide, is at his best depicting the harsh, rugged landscape of the Alaskan wilderness.

Creator Marketing:
  David Vann     
     

David Vann is an internationally bestselling author whose work has been translated into twenty languages. He is the winner of more than a dozen prizes, including the Grace Paley Prize, a California Book Award, the AWP Nonfiction Award, and France's L'Express Readers' Prize. His books include Legend of a Suicide, Caribou Island, A Mile Down, and Last Day on Earth. A former Guggenheim, Stegner, and National Endowment for the Arts fellow, Vann is a professor at the University of of Warwick in England. He has written for the Atlantic, Esquire, Outside, McSweeney's, the Sunday Times, the Observer, and many other publications and has appeared in documentaries for the BBC, Nova, National Geographic, and CNN.

  Bronson Pinchot     
     

Bronson Pinchot, an Audie Award–winning narrator and Audible's Narrator of the Year for 2010, received his education at Yale University. He restores Greek Revival buildings and appears in television, film, and on stage whenever the pilasters and entablatures overwhelm him.

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