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Book Title: A Marker to Measure Drift|
The author of the book: Alexander Maksik
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Edition: Bond Street Books
Date of issue: July 30th 2013
ISBN 13: 9780385679176
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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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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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