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A Constellation of Vital Phenomenaby Anthony Marra
Anthony Marra's debut novel is a marvel. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena describes, in astonishingly beautiful prose, five days in a rural village and bombed-out hospital in Chechnya during wartime. As the characters — including a doctor, a hunted child, a historian, and an informant — try to adapt and survive, their histories, connections, and desires are unveiled. Marra has created a breathtaking work of haunting, evocative fiction.
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is simply spectacular.... If this is where Anthony Marra begins his career, I can't imagine how far he will go." —Ann Patchett, New York Times bestselling author of State of Wonder and Bel Canto
Powerful, convincing, beautifully realized — it's hard to believe that A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is a first novel." —T.C. Boyle, New York Times bestselling author of When the Killing's Done and The Women
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is both devastating and transcendent. The story of eight people (and a nation) navigating two brutal wars, it's a novel of loyalty and sacrifice and enduring love. You'll finish it transformed." —Maile Meloy, author of Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It
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