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Book Title: A Marker to Measure Drift|
The author of the book: Alexander Maksik
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Date of issue: July 30th 2013
ISBN 13: 9780307962577
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A New York Times Notable Book
A hypnotic, spellbinding novel set in Greece and Africa, where a young Liberian woman reckons with a haunted past.
On a remote island in the Aegean, Jacqueline is living alone in a cave accessible only at low tide. With nothing to protect her from the elements, and with the fabric between herself and the world around her increasingly frayed, she is permeated by sensory experiences of remarkable intensity: the need for shade in the relentless heat of the sun-baked island; hunger and the occasional bliss of release from it; the exquisite pleasure of diving into the sea. The pressing physical realities of the moment provide a deeper relief: the euphoric obliteration of memory and, with it, the unspeakable violence she has seen and from which she has miraculously escaped.
Slowly, irrepressibly, images from a life before this violence begin to resurface: the view across lush gardens to a different sea; a gold Rolex glinting on her father’s wrist; a glass of gin in her mother’s best crystal; an adoring younger sister; a family, in the moment before their fortunes were irrevocably changed. Jacqueline must find the strength to contend with what she has survived or tip forward into full-blown madness.
Visceral and gripping, extraordinary in its depiction of physical and spiritual hungers, Alexander Maksik’s A Marker to Measure Drift is a novel about ruin and faith, barbarism and love, and the devastating memories that contain the power both to destroy us and to redeem us.
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Read information about the authorA 2017 Guggenheim Fellow, Alexander Maksik is the author of three novels: YOU DESERVE NOTHING, A New York Times and IndieBound bestseller; A MARKER TO MEASURE DRIFT, a New York Times Notable Book of 2013, as well as a finalist for the William Saroyan Prize and Le Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger; and, most recently, SHELTER IN PLACE, named one of the best books of the year by The Guardian and The San Francisco Chronicle.
A contributing editor at Condé Nast Traveler, Maksik’s writing has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Best American Nonrequired Reading, Harper’s, Libération, Tin House, The Sewanee Review, Harvard Review, The New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic, and Narrative Magazine among other publications. His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages.
Maksik is the recipient of The Andrew Lytle Prize, a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the Truman Capote Literary Trust and The Corporation of Yaddo.
Along with French novelist Colombe Schneck, he is the co-artistic director of the Can Cab Literary Residence in Catalonia, Spain.
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