416 pages, 8 × 5.19 × 1.11 in
February 4, 2014
Random House of Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0307362639
ISBN - 13: 9780307362636
From the Publisher
Stegner Fellow, Iowa MFA, and winner of the Atlantic's emerging writer contest, Anthony Marra has written a brilliant debut novel that brings to life an abandoned hospital where a tough-minded doctor decides to harbour a hunted young girl, with powerful consequences.
In the final days of December 2004, in a small rural village in Chechnya, 8-year-old Havaa hides in the woods when her father is abducted by Russian forces. Fearing for her life, she flees with their neighbour Akhmed to the bombed-out hospital, where Sonya, the one remaining doctor, treats a steady stream of wounded rebels and refugees. Over the course of 5 dramatic days, Akhmed and Sonya reach back into their pasts to unravel the intricate mystery of coincidence, betrayal and forgiveness that unexpectedly binds them and decides their fate.
With The English Patient's dramatic sweep and The Tiger's Wife's expert sense of place, Marra gives us a searing debut about the transcendent power of love in wartime, and how it can cause us to become greater than we ever thought possible.
About the Author
ANTHONY MARRA is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, with an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. He's won a Pushcart Prize, the Whiting Writers' Award, the Prairie Lights Fiction Prize and first place in the Atlantic's emerging writers' contest and in Narrative's short story contest.
INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER #1 Indie Next List Pick An O, The Oprah Magazine Debut Novel to Pick Up Now FINALIST 2013 – Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel PrizeLONGLISTED 2013 – National Book AwardWINNER 2013 – NBCC John Leonard PrizeFINALIST 2014 – Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers AwardLONGLISTED 2014 – PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize"Anthony Marra's fine debut novel reaches tenderly, unflinchingly into the centre of Chechen conflict of the late 1990s. This tale has its roots in shocking brutality, and its beauty in the human redemption that can come from unaccountable human kindness. Whimsies of circumstance, fate, and the ties of family and faith serve to guide the reader and the characters through a richly layered and deeply beautiful journey." —Vincent Lam, author of The Headmaster's Wager"Powerful, convincing, beautifully realized--it's hard to believe that A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is a first novel. Anthony Marra is a writer to watch and savor." —T.C. Boyle, New York Times bestselling author of When the Killing's Done and The Women“The book encompasses torture, infidelity, heartbreak and human trafficking, but also love, friendship, family and humour. Marra doesn’t gloss over the horrors of the Chechen wars. But he doesn’t dwell either, and despite the subject matter, this is not an exclusively dark book. In his afterword, Marra acknowledges a debt to Michael Ondaatje. Like Ondaatje’s Anil’s Ghost, Vital Phenomena is about the gaps left behind by the forcibly disap