August Fiction: 'A Constellation of Vital Phenomena,’ by Anthony Marra

Please join us for our August pick, 'A Constellation of Vital Phenomena' from the 2013 list. From the NYT review:

Anthony Marra’s extraordinary first novel, “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena,” opens with a disappearance typical of postmodern warfare, cobbled to an image completely alien to it: “On the morning after the Feds burned down her house and took her father, Havaa woke from dreams of sea anemones.” This fusion of the desperate with the whimsical sets the tone.

In the background are the Chechen wars, a staggeringly destructive pair of conflicts pitting the army of post-Soviet Russia against Chechen guerrillas who were sometimes supported by visiting Arab jihadis. Marra’s timeline runs from 1994 to 2004, but the larger story is much, much deeper. This novel is, among other things, a meditation on the use and abuse of history, and an inquiry into the extent to which acts of memory may also constitute acts of survival.

Link to the NYT review here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/09/books/review/a-constellation-of-vital-phenomena-by-anthony-marra.html

Link to goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18428067-a-constellation-of-vital-phenomena

Find at a local bookstore, library, or on the web! Hope to see you then!

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