Currently reading: “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena”

Howdy, friends.

This is what I’m reading now:


Here are reviews from NPR, New York Times and Washington Post.

It’s author Anthony Marra’s first novel. I always like reading first novels.

Here’s a quick recap of it from Booklist:

In this extraordinary first novel, Marra homes in on a people and a region that barely register with most Americans and, in heartrending prose, makes us feel their every misfortune. In rural Chechnya, during the second war, a small group of people struggle to survive in the bleakest of circumstances. A gifted surgeon works tirelessly in a crumbling hospital, hardening her heart so that she can perform her gruesome work. An eight-year-old girl who has already seen too much is being hunted by the government ever since the night her father was abducted by Russian soldiers. An incompetent doctor who longed to be an artist paints portraits of 41 neighbors who were killed by government forces and hangs them in the doorways and trees of his ruined village. And a lonely man, once brutally tortured, turns government informant to obtain the insulin needed by his diabetic father, who, in turn, refuses to speak to him. Marra collapses time, sliding between 1996 and 2004 while also detailing events in a future yet to arrive, giving his searing novel an eerie, prophetic aura. All of the characters are closely tied together in ways that Marra takes his time revealing, even as he beautifully renders the way we long to connect and the lengths we will go to endure. –Joanne Wilkinson

I’m not too far into it, but loving it already.

What are you reading?


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2 Responses to Currently reading: “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena”

  1. Lori W. says:

    Currently reading “Hollow City” by Ransom Riggs. Lots of fun, but I’m ready for him to develop his characters more deeply. The book you mentioned looks amazing. Guess I’d better stand in virtual line for that one as well.

  2. elizabeth says:

    I liked that book.
    I just read, Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm, and liked it. I started, The Informationist, and its not really my kind of book, but my husband likes it.

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