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A Marker to Measure Drift

Maksik, Alexander

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ISBN 10: 0307962571 / ISBN 13: 9780307962577
Published by Knopf Publishing Group, New York, 2013
Condition: As New Hardcover
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2013 As New Book, As New Unclipped jacket, Stated: First Edition, Signed by the author on the title page, *Signature Only, 221 clean tight unmarked deckled pages, a very tiny dot on bottom pages, book has cream boards with 1/4 tan covered spine with silver embossed lettering, b/w illustrated jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 005345

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Title: A Marker to Measure Drift

Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group, New York

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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<p><b>A <i>New York Times</i> Notable Book</b><br /><br />A hypnotic, spellbinding novel set in Greece and Africa, where a young Liberian woman reckons with a haunted past.&nbsp; <br /><br /> On a remote island in the Aegean, Jacqueline is living alone in a cave accessible only at low tide. With nothing to protect her from the elements, and with the fabric between herself and the world around her increasingly frayed, she is permeated by sensory experiences of remarkable intensity: the need for shade in the relentless heat of the sun-baked island; hunger and the occasional bliss of release from it; the exquisite pleasure of diving into the sea. The pressing physical realities of the moment provide a deeper relief: the euphoric obliteration of memory and, with it, the unspeakable violence she has seen and from which she has miraculously escaped.<br /><br /> Slowly, irrepressibly, images from a life before this violence begin to resurface: the view across lush gardens to a different sea; a gold Rolex glinting on her father&#x2019;s wrist; a glass of gin in her mother&#x2019;s best crystal; an adoring younger sister; a family, in the moment before their fortunes were irrevocably changed. Jacqueline must find the strength to contend with what she has survived or tip forward into full-blown madness.<br /> Visceral and gripping, extraordinary in its depiction of physical and spiritual hungers, Alexander Maksik&#x2019;s <i>A Marker to Measure Drift</i> is a novel about ruin and faith, barbarism and love, and the devastating memories that contain the power both to destroy us and to redeem us.&nbsp;</p>

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<p>Alexander Maksik is the author of the novel <i>You Deserve Nothing </i>and a graduate of the Iowa Writers&#x2019; Workshop.<i> </i>His writing has appeared in <i>The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Harper&#x2019;s, Tin House, Harvard Review, The New York Times Magazine, Salon, </i>and <i>Narrative Magazine, </i>among other publications, and has been<i> </i>translated into more than a dozen languages. He lives in<i> </i>New York City.<br /></p>

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