Barbara’s Picks, July 2012, Pt. 2: David Vann’s Dirt

Vann, David. Dirt. Harper: HarperCollins. Jun. 2012. 272p. ISBN 9780062121035 $25.99. LITERARY
This just in: Vann, author of the splendid Caribou Island, as well as Legends of a Suicide, named to 40 best books list worldwide, who’s also winner of 14 awards for his fiction and nonfiction, including France’s Prix M├ędicis Etranger 2010, Spain’s Premi Llibreter 2011, the Grace Paley Prize 2007, and the AWP Nonfiction Award 2009, returns with a second novel that was scheduled for June but has just been pushed up for an April 24 pub date. Set in 1985, this novel features 22-year-old Galen, a bulimic vegetarian and dedicated New Ager who with his mother lives off an inheritance that nasty Aunt Helen and her teenaged daughter want for themselves. Things come to a head at a cabin in Sierras. Don’t miss.

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