Thursday, May 21, 2015


Depths. I was mesmerized by the words, pictures and story in David Vann’s novel titled, Aquarium. On one level, this is a coming of age story in which the protagonist, twelve year old Caitlin, finds escape and joy from her time at the Seattle aquarium. On another level, this is a close examination of love and forgiveness, and what it takes for those of us broken by what has happened in our lives to heal. On another level, the novel draws readers to examine the beauty that lies beneath the surface of our lives. The emotional intensity in the plot and the dialogue are never restrained, and the rawness of life is exposed for all to see. This novel is a story of redemption. Vann does more in fewer than three hundred pages than most writers achieve in many books over a lifetime. Any reader who enjoys literary fiction should love this finely written novel. Rating: Five-star (I love it) Click here to purchase Aquarium from

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