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Work so that you can keep working. It seemed a proposition that could easily end in suicide. I wanted to escape this. I wanted to free myself from the working world and have time to write. And I wanted adventure. Grendel could never free me, but this boat could.
David Vann has loved boats all his life. So when his academic career seems to be stuck in the doldrums, he leaps at the opportunity to start an educational charter business, teaching creative writing workshops aboard a sailboat. But a trip to Turkey sees him dreaming bigger—and before he knows it, he is at the helm of his own ninety-foot boat, running charters along the Turkish coast.
And here his troubles begin. Sinking deep into debt, and encountering everything from a lost rudder to freak storms, Vann is on the verge of losing everything—including his life.
Part high-seas adventure, part journey of self-discovery, A Mile Down is a gripping and unforgettable story of struggle and redemption by a writer at the top of his game.

Reviews

'David Vann has created a tale of hubris and endurance that is both exciting and beautifully written.' Keith Scribner

PRH, PRH

'A Mile Down would be a cautionary tale for anyone who dreams of the freedom of the high seas—if only it wasn't so damn exciting…' Stewart O'Nan, author of Songs for the Missing

PRH, PRH

'At once memoir, confession, travel book and thriller, David Vann's A Mile Down is so vivid and intense you will dread to see it end…The book is a testimony of passion and courage in deadly storms and scarier calms, of a man wrestling with his ghosts and gifts in the very shadow of paradise.' Robert Morgan, author of Gap Creek

PRH, PRH

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  • Paperback

    9781922182081

    February 26, 2014

    Text

    256 pages

    RRP $24.99

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