Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 240 Pages, 6.3 × 8.66 × 0.39 in
Published: June 3, 2014
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 038567919X
ISBN - 13: 9780385679190
From the Publisher
Alexander Maksik''s electrifying, unforgettable and
critically acclaimed novel is now available in paperback.
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 recipient of a Truman Capote Fellowship and
a Teaching/Writing fellowship from the Iowa Writers'' Workshop. His
stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Harper''s,
Tin House, Salon, Harvard Review,
The New York Times Magazine, and Narrative
Magazine, among others. His first novel, You Deserve
Nothing, was published in 2011 in the US and UK. Subsequent
translations will appear in Italy, Spain, Germany, Russia, Korea,
The Netherlands, and France.
• "The writing is extraordinary. And when I
say extraordinary, I don''t mean it''s pretty or gorgeous for
gorgeousness'' sake. Maksik, he''s really getting down deep into .
. . the nature of human experience and the nature of love and the
nature of loss. And line by line, the power accumulates in this
book kind of like a stealth tsunami. And by the end of it, you feel
like you''ve really been through something." --Ben
• "Bold . . . Undaunted . . . Maksik has
illuminated for us, with force and art, an all too common species
of suffering--grievous, ugly, and, unfortunately, a perennial."
--The New York Times
• "Palpable and affecting . . . Maksik has
infused his tale of suffering with the loveliness of his prose . .
. The desperate rhythms of thought intended to hold deeper
desperation at bay are on display throughout this beautiful book
that plumbs the depths of misery both mental and physical."