Goat Mountain: A Novel by David Vann

By David Vann

The prizewinning writer of Dirt, Caribou Island, and Legend of a Suicide returns with a searing, morally advanced novel approximately households, violence, remorse, and shattered faith.

In the autumn of 1978, on a 640-acre relations ranch on Goat Mountain in Northern California, an eleven-year-old boy joins his grandfather, his father, and his father's ally at the family's annual deer hunt.

Every fall they go back to this dry, yellowed panorama dotted with oak, buckbrush, and the occasional stand of pine bushes. Goat Mountain is what this kin owns and the place they belong. it's the place their historical past is stored, the place their thoughts and tales are shared. And for the 1st time, the boy's tale turns into a part of their narrative, if he can discover a dollar. Itching to shoot, he's prepared.

When the boys arrive on the gate to their land, the daddy discovers a poacher and points of interest him throughout the scope of his gun. He bargains his son a look--a easy act that may explode in tragedy, reworking those males and this relatives, forcing them to query themselves and every thing they inspiration they knew.

David Vann creates a haunting and provocative novel, in prose devastating and gorgeous in its precision, that explores our such a lot primal urges and ideology, the bonds of blood and faith that outline and safe us, and the results of our actions--what we owe for what we've performed.

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