SHOP NOW—free delivery anywhere in Australia

Member Loginmenu
Your basket is empty
Dirt

Dirt

David Vann

  • awardWinner, St Francis College Literary Prize, United States, 2013
  • David Vann’s Dirt is unflinching in its exploration of a family in decay.

    The year is 1985 and 22-year-old Galen lives with his emotionally dependent mother in a secluded old house with a walnut orchard in a suburb of Sacramento. He doesn’t know who his father is, his abusive grandfather is dead, and his grandmother, losing her memory, has been shipped off to a nursing home. Galen and his mother survive on old family money—an inheritance that his Aunt Helen and 17-year-old cousin, Jennifer, are determined to get their hands on.

    A bulimic vegetarian who considers himself an old soul, Galen is a New Age believer on a warpath towards transcendence, practising meditation, firewalking, etheric surgery and authentic movement. He yearns for transformation: to free himself from the corporeal, to be as weightless as air, to walk on water. But he’s powerless to stop the manic binges that overtake him, leading him to gorge on meat and other forbidden desires, including sex. A prisoner of his body, he is obssessed with thoughts of the boldly flirtatious Jennifer, and dreams of shedding himself of the clinging mother whose fears and needs also weigh him down.

    When the family takes a trip to an old cabin in the Sierras, near South Lake Tahoe, tensions come to a climax. Caught in a compromising position, Galen will discover the shocking truth of just how far he will go to attain the transcendence he craves.  


    Interview highlights:

    4ZZZ FM Book Club

    David Vann
    About the Author

    David Vann is an internationally bestselling author published in twenty-one languages. He is the winner of fifteen prizes and his books have appeared on seventy Best Books lists in a dozen countries. He is a professor at the University of Warwick in England and lives in New Zealand half of the year.

    Read Moreright
    Extent:
    240pp
    Format:
    Paperback
    Text publication date:
    26 April 2012
    ISBN:
    9781921922572
    AU Price:
    $29.95
    NZ Price:
    $37.00
    Categories:
    starstarstarstarstar
    starstarstarstarstar
    Loading Rating
    Praise for David Vann
    andDirt

    ‘Well-written and compelling: a dark and powerful read.’

    Other editions ofDirt
    • Dirt
      ebook
      ISBN: 9781921921612
      26 April 2012
      Buy ebook