Like many stories set near the Arctic Circle, David Vann's CARIBOU ISLAND makes broad use of a harsh landscape and climate to surface the most extreme aspects of its characters' souls. A married couple is drawn to Alaska's coastline, intent on building a cabin by hand in the manner of early frontiersmen. Gary's and Irene's choice of an isolated island requires hauling timber over difficult waters, and when intense winter strikes, the conditions put their naturalist fantasy to a grueling test--alongside their relationship.
Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
Subgenre: Love + Relationships + Sex, Conflicts + Dualities