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 Médicis 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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