I received this book as an advanced reader copy back when I worked at Coles. To be honest, I liked the cover, and the story seemed interesting. I’m not typically a fiction fan, but I have to admit this story sparked an intense range of emotion and I blew through it in a few days.
An Honest Opinion:
David Vann provides some intense foreshadowing in the circles of family life so easily caught in. As a Mom, you always wish for something better for your child. As a daughter, you try to live and learn through your parents, and, sometimes, you find yourself walking a similar path. You know, the times where you say to yourself “I am my Mother” – not always a bad thing, but you realize that genetics are legit and you end up on the same life path in some strange twist of events.
This book takes you on a familial journey in that awful loop of life where you end up exactly where you didn’t want to end up. It’s just the cards you were dealt. I found it easy to get lost in Rhoda’s story line, and I grew a sense of protectiveness for her, only to have my entire “perfect Rhoda world” smashed into tiny little pieces throughout the last half of the book. I found myself rooting for her to come out on top, and at the end of the story you’re left completely at a loss – and if you’re me, your mouth agape in the middle of a crowded c-train.
What I Learned:
Consider how your decisions can affect others. You never know the impact you’re making on their life, and you never want to leave that realization to the last minute.
- Stand in the middle of a glacier
- Visit Alaska, USA
Vann, David (2011). Caribou Island. New York: HarperCollins.