Goat Mountain is thought-provoking and oh-so-hard to put down.
David Vann has won numerous writing awards and has had his books translated into 18 other languages. He is a gifted writer who digs deep inside his characters, so that we can understand them and the decisions they make as they face unique situations. I previously enjoyed his novel, Dirt, and have also heard good things about Legend of a Suicide and Caribou Island. Goat Mountain is another literary work of art.
The current political climate in our country is often polarizing to the point that deep discussion and thought about the issues is difficult. Goat Mountain humanizes issues of guns, religion and personal responsibility. Whatever your views, this novel will make you think and analyze with empathy. The little and big decisions that we make are important.
by David Vann
Pub. date 9/10/13
Description: “In David Vann’s searing novel Goat Mountain, an 11-year-old boy at his family’s annual deer hunt is eager to make his first kill. His father discovers a poacher on the land, a 640-acre ranch in Northern California, and shows him to the boy through the scope of his rifle. With this simple gesture, tragedy erupts, shattering lives irrevocably. In prose devastating and beautiful in its precision, David Vann creates a haunting and provocative novel that explores our most primal urges and beliefs, the bonds of blood and religion that define and secure us, and the consequences of our actions—what we owe for what we’ve done.”
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