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Legend of a Suicide

(2008)
A collection of stories by

 
 
Winner of the Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction - In 'Ichthyology,' a young boy watches his father spiral from divorce to suicide. The story is told obliquely, often through the boy s observations of his tropical fish, yet also reveals his father s last desperate moves, including quitting dentistry for commercial fishing in the Bering Sea. Rhoda goes back to the beginning of the father s second marriage and the boy s fascination with his stepmother, who has one partially closed eye. This eye becomes a metaphor for the adult world the boy can't yet see into, including sexuality and despair, which feel like the key initiating elements of the father's eventual suicide. 'A Legend of Good Men' tells the story of the boy's life with his mother after his father s death through the series of men she dates. In 'Sukkwan Island,' an extraordinary novella, the father invites the boy homesteading for a year on a remote island in the southeastern Alaskan wilderness. As the situation spins out of control, the son witnesses his father's despair and takes matters into his own hands. In 'Ketchikan,' the boy is now thirty years old, searching for the origin of ruin. He tracks down Gloria, the woman his father first cheated with, and is left with the sense of a world held in place, as it turned out, by nothing at all. Set in Fairbanks, where the author's father actually killed himself, 'The Higher Blue' provides an epilogue to the collection.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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November 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: Legend of a Suicide (Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction)
Author(s): David Vann
ISBN: 1-55849-672-6 / 978-1-55849-672-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
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December 2015 : UK Paperback

Title: Legend of a Suicide
Author(s): David Vann
ISBN: 0-14-104641-4 / 978-0-14-104641-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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March 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: Legend of a Suicide: Stories (P.S.)
Author(s): David Vann
ISBN: 0-06-187584-8 / 978-0-06-187584-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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October 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Legend of a Suicide
Author(s): David Vann
ISBN: 0-14-104378-4 / 978-0-14-104378-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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Title: Legend of a Suicide: Stories
Author(s): David Vann
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Title: Legend of a Suicide
Author(s): David Vann
Publisher: Penguin
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