Sunday, October 11, 2020
reading: the great offshore grounds
A novel by the author of Zazen, a book I first read back in 2012. At the time, you could read the whole thing on the web, which I did, clicking through until the end. I then bought the paperback and read it again.
I got to Zazen by way of a MetaFilter thread on “The Truck Stop Killer”, a long piece she wrote for GQ drawing on her experiences hitchiking as a teenager and a bunch of research into serial killers. It’s probably one of the most disturbing things I’ve ever read.
The Great Offshore Grounds is a book you can tell didn’t come easy to write, and although it’s not a slow read, it’s also not exactly an easy one. Scenes in here will stick with me for a long time. Recommended.
(Veselka, Vanessa. The Great Offshore Grounds. New York: Borzoi Books / Alfred A. Knopf, 2020.)