A Marker To Measure Drift

Hardcover | July 30, 2013

byAlexander Maksik

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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.

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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 prec...

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. ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.54 × 6 × 0.95 inPublished:July 30, 2013Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385679173

ISBN - 13:9780385679176

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Haunting Story Albeit, a little confusing at times, this book was overall very well written. The story line was very interesting and haunting. The way the author described the various settings made me feel like I was there with Jacqueline. This story is one that will not be forgotten for a very long time. I finished this book in two days...it was that good :)
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully written A stunning story. Haunted by her life and losses in Liberia, a woman exists alone on a Greek island, pushed on by the voice of her mother to seek her meaning. In the end, it is her own voice that must speak its truths. But her journey to find that is staggering in its simple courage. A story not easily forgotten.
Date published: 2013-09-13

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