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By David Vann

ISBN-10: 0061875848

ISBN-13: 9780061875847

In semiautobiographical tales set principally in David Vann's local Alaska, Legend of a Suicide follows Roy Fenn from his start on an island on the fringe of the Bering Sea to his go back thirty years later to confront the turbulent feelings and complicated legacy of his father's suicide.

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Flourished, even. My orange, blotchy skin gradually calmed to a healthy baby pink, my limbs unlocked, and I flailed my legs in the waters until she lifted me out and we both slept. When my father had finished his sentence with the Navy, we moved to Ketchikan, an island in southeastern Alaska, where he bought a dental practice and, three years later, a fishing boat. The boat was a new twenty-three-foot Uniflite fiberglass cabin cruiser. Still wearing his dental smock beneath his jacket, he launched the boat late on a Friday afternoon as we cheered from shore.

The shark poster and the small pairs of white Fruit of the Loom underwear strewn about the floor suggested that a boy or several boys lived in this room. The single pair of hiking boots in the closet, as well as the single pair of soccer cleats, narrowed it to one boy. 44 Magnum handgun—were difficult to explain. Where had he gotten them all? 300 Magnum indicated that the gun had been used frequently, perhaps even recently. 22 but may even have fired it inside the house. The box full of Playboys, Penthouses, Hustlers, and trash novels with “Adults Only” on the cover suggested that this boy was some kind of pervert, and why he kept so many pictures of his father in this same box but not on his desk or on his walls didn’t make much sense.

I didn’t mention Alise. My mother cried with me on the living room couch and told me she still missed Angel and John. “And your father, too,” she added. So then we were both crying. After a while, however, even that seemed funny. “What a stupid, stupid man,” my mother said, laughing. “You’re never going to marry anyone else,” I said. She stared out the sliding glass door. “I mean, come on,” she said. ” In early fall, post-Merril, when my mother wasn’t dating anyone, when it was just the two of us, I broke into our own house.

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