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Goat Mountain

A Novel

By David Vann

In David Vann’s searing novel Goat Mountain, an 11-year-old boy at his family’s annual deer hunt is eager to make his first kill. His father discovers a poacher on the land, a 640-acre ranch in Northern California, and shows him to the boy through the scope of his rifle. With this simple gesture, tragedy erupts, shattering lives irrevocably.
 
In prose devastating and beautiful in its precision, David Vann creates a haunting and provocative novel that explores our most primal urges and beliefs, the bonds of blood and religion that define and secure us, and the consequences of our actions—what we owe for what we’ve done.
 
David Vann is the award-winning author of Legend of a Suicide, Caribou Island, A Mile Down, and Last Day on Earth.

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Publish Date

2013

ISBN

9780062121097


Format: Book
Author: Vann, David
Summary: In the fall of 1978, on the 640-acre family deer-hunting ranch on Goat Mountain in Northern California, an eleven-year-old boy goes hunting with three men: his father, grandfather, and a friend of his father's. Goat Mountain is a dry place of live oak and buck brush and poison oak with occasional relief from stands of ponderosa pine, white pine, and sugar pine, and even a swampy bear wallow. This is the place where all the family's memories and stories and history are held. When the men arrive at the gate to their land, the father spots a poacher hunting illegally on his property. When he lets his eleven-year-old son take a look through the scope of his rifle, the boy pulls the trigger. The men struggle over what to do with the dead man. Though the struggle begins between the father and grandfather, it ultimately becomes a struggle between the grandfather and the boy. By the end, nothing is as it seems.
Title: Goat Mountain : a novel / David Vann.
Publisher Date: New York, NY : Harper, [2013]
Subject: Hunting accidents -- Fiction. California, Northern -- Fiction
Isbn: 9780062121097 006212109X
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 1
System Items Total: 1
Call Number: F Vann
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Bib Id: 445711

Format: Book
Author: Vann, David
Summary: In the fall of 1978, on the 640-acre family deer-hunting ranch on Goat Mountain in Northern California, an eleven-year-old boy goes hunting with three men: his father, grandfather, and a friend of his father's. Goat Mountain is a dry place of live oak and buck brush and poison oak with occasional relief from stands of ponderosa pine, white pine, and sugar pine, and even a swampy bear wallow. This is the place where all the family's memories and stories and history are held. When the men arrive at the gate to their land, the father spots a poacher hunting illegally on his property. When he lets his eleven-year-old son take a look through the scope of his rifle, the boy pulls the trigger. The men struggle over what to do with the dead man. Though the struggle begins between the father and grandfather, it ultimately becomes a struggle between the grandfather and the boy. By the end, nothing is as it seems.
Title: Goat Mountain : a novel / David Vann.
Edition: First edition.
Publisher, Date: New York, NY : Harper, [2013]
Description: 239 pages ; 22 cm.
Subjects: Hunting accidents -- Fiction.
Subjects: California, Northern -- Fiction
ISBN: 9780062121097
ISBN: 006212109X
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Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: F Vann