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  • An extraordinary, ground-breaking piece of fiction ... Nothing quite like this book has been written before

    Alex Linklater, Observer
  • A richly gifted newcomer

    Sunday Times Books for 2009
  • Vann uses startling powers of observation to create strong characters, tense scenes and genuine surprises

    Publishers’ Weekly
  • Oh my god, Legend of a Suicide just bowled me over completely. It is such a tender, heartbreaking, breathtaking, horrifying and insanely compelling read that when I finished it I went straight back to the beginning and round again. I implore anyone with functioning eyes to read this book

    Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine
  • So hard to put down that I am thinking of suing David Vann for several hours of lost sleep

    Lionel Shriver
  • This book squeezes more life out of the first hundred pages than most books could manage in a thousand, which is pretty impressive, considering it's a book about death

    Ross Raisin, author of God's Own Country
  • In his portrayal of a young son's love for his lost father David Vann has created a stunning work of fiction: surprising, beautiful and intensely moving

    Nadeem Aslam, author of Maps for Lost Lovers
  • One of the most gripping debuts I've ever read

    Philip Hoare, author of Leviathan
  • Impossible to put down and equally impossible to forget

    San Francisco Chronicle
  • An American classic ... harrowing but beautifully wrought ... prose as clear and bracing as a mountain stream

    Sunday Times

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