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A Marker To Measure Drift

by Alexander Maksik

Doubleday Canada | June 3, 2014 | Trade Paperback

5 out of 5 rating. 2 Reviews
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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 Pages, 6.3 × 8.66 × 0.39 in

Published: June 3, 2014

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 038567919X

ISBN - 13: 9780385679190

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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A Marker To Measure Drift

A Marker To Measure Drift

by Alexander Maksik

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 Pages, 6.3 × 8.66 × 0.39 in

Published: June 3, 2014

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

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.

Editorial Reviews

   • "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 Fountain 

   • "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." --The Gazette
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