Wednesday, May 26, 2010

David Vann's Legend of A Suicide

My MFA in Writing program at USF begins next month with a 6-week autobiographical intensive called "The First Person." I've been reading some books by faculty members, as I'm excited to study and practice the craft with writers who excel in their field.

One who stands out is Associate Professor David Vann, teacher and writer of both fiction and nonfiction (including travel writing and a new course in magazine writing). His book, Legend of a Suicide, an Associated Writing Programs prize winner, was recently selected by The New Yorker book club.

Lorrie Moore says: "The writing in these stories, informed by both the empirical and the lyrical, is heart-wrenching and gorgeous and its several voices are done indelibly and with unwavering authority."

Autobiographically based on his father's suicide when Vann was a teenager, this 'novel' of stories, including a haunting novella, left an 'indelible' mark on this reader with its stunning portrayal of the human psyche.

Dear Reader,
What stories have left their mark with you?

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