Thursday, June 7, 2012


Cleansing. I suggest reading David Vann’s novel, Dirt, on a sunny day. Readers who are prone to immerse themselves into the lives of fictional characters should be aware of signs of depression. This finely written novel is tragedy at its finest: set in the heart of a dysfunctional family, each member manipulating another. The levels of dirt Vann explores range widely, and it was only after I finished reading that I realized that even dirt can have a cleansing effect when exposed to deeper dirt. The four characters of the novel are drawn with precision, and a reader can anticipate behavior and consequences. Readers who can tolerate disturbing content and who appreciate fine writing are those most likely to enjoy this novel. Rating: Three-star (Recommended) Click here to purchase Dirt from

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