Legend of a Suicide


Set mostly in the wilds of Alaska, the stories featured in this book take on the shifting legend of a lost father. It features the story ‘Ichthyology’, where a young boy watches his father spiral from divorce to suicide.

ISBN: 9780141043784 Author: Vann, David Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 26th November 2009 Imprint: Penguin Books Cover: Paperback Dewey: 813.6 (edition:22) Pages: 229 Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subject:

Roy is still young when his father, a failed dentist and hapless fisherman, puts a .44 magnum to his head and commits suicide on the deck of his beloved boat. Throughout his life, Roy returns to that moment, gripped by its memory and the shadow it casts over his small-town boyhood, describing with poignant, mercurial wit his parents’ woeful marriage and inevitable divorce, their kindnesses and weaknesses, the absurd and comic turning-points of his past. Finally, in Legend of a Suicide, Roy lays his father’s ghost to rest. But not before he exacts a gruelling, exhilarating revenge.

Revolving around a fatally misconceived adventure deep in the wilderness of Alaska, this is a remarkably tender story of survival and disillusioned love.

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