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A Marker To Measure Drift

by Alexander Maksik

Doubleday Canada | July 30, 2013 | Hardcover

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Alexander Maksik''s electrifying novel tracks a woman''s journey from the horrors of Charles Taylor''s Liberia to abject poverty and self-exile on a Greek island, where she must grapple with a haunted past and find a way back into human society.

On an island somewhere in the Aegean, Jacqueline, a young Liberian woman, veers between starvation and satiety, between the brutality of her past and the precarious uncertainty of her present in the aftermath of experiences so unspeakable that she prefers homeless numbness to the psychological confrontation she knows is inevitable. Hypnotic, highly sensual, exquisitely written, and extraordinary in its depiction of both pleasure and pain, of excruciating physical and spiritual hungers, A Marker to Measure Drift is a novel about memory, how we live with what we know, and whether and how we go forward, intact and whole, after the ravages of loss. It is beautiful, lacerating, impossible to put down. A breakthrough work from a prodigiously gifted young writer.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 240 pages, 9.54 × 6 × 0.95 in

Published: July 30, 2013

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385679173

ISBN - 13: 9780385679176

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A Marker To Measure Drift

by Alexander Maksik

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 240 pages, 9.54 × 6 × 0.95 in

Published: July 30, 2013

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385679173

ISBN - 13: 9780385679176

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Alexander Maksik''s electrifying novel tracks a woman''s journey from the horrors of Charles Taylor''s Liberia to abject poverty and self-exile on a Greek island, where she must grapple with a haunted past and find a way back into human society.

On an island somewhere in the Aegean, Jacqueline, a young Liberian woman, veers between starvation and satiety, between the brutality of her past and the precarious uncertainty of her present in the aftermath of experiences so unspeakable that she prefers homeless numbness to the psychological confrontation she knows is inevitable. Hypnotic, highly sensual, exquisitely written, and extraordinary in its depiction of both pleasure and pain, of excruciating physical and spiritual hungers, A Marker to Measure Drift is a novel about memory, how we live with what we know, and whether and how we go forward, intact and whole, after the ravages of loss. It is beautiful, lacerating, impossible to put down. A breakthrough work from a prodigiously gifted young writer.

About the Author

Alexander Maksik is the author of the novels You Deserve Nothing (Europa, 2011) and A Marker to Measure Drift (Knopf, 2013). His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Nonrequired Reading, Harper's, Tin House, Harvard Review, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Condé Nast Traveler, Salon and Narrative Magazine, among other publications and has been translated into more than a dozen languages. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he is the recipient of fellowships from the Truman Capote Literary Trust and The Corporation of Yaddo.

Editorial Reviews

“Maksik''s brilliance is evident.” — Winnipeg Free Press “No novel I read this year affected me more powerfully than Alexander Maksik’s A Marker to Measure Drift” —Richard Russo “Maksik has produced a bold book, and an instructive one. . . .[he] has illuminated for us with force and art an all too common species of suffering—grievous, ugly and, unfortunately, a perennial.” —Norman Rush, The New York Times Book Review “A fever dream of a novel. . . .One might linger over most of this book, rereading particularly beautiful passages. Yet the ending is so compelling and visceral that one rushes until the fever breaks, dazed and haunted by its power.” — Chicago Tribune “Poetic, often mesmerizing. . . . A Marker to Measure Drift is about compassion; perhaps it’s even a masterclass in compassion. . . .Maksik does not take sides or make judgments. He is simply aware that his job as a novelist is to talk to us about something that we ought to know. . . .And to move us deeply in the process. — The Sydney Morning Herald “Moving, painful and beautiful. It will change you.” — Booklist “Beautiful. . . .It will leave you breathless and speechless; it will send you reeling.” — The San Francisco Chronicle “Immensely powerful. . . .Beautifully written. . . .Jacqueline is a mesmerizing heroine. . . .She is alive on the page from the outset, and with eac
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