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The Great Offshore Grounds

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The Great Offshore Grounds by Vanessa Veselka
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Jun 29, 2021 | ISBN 9781984899576

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“Epic. . . . A magnificent beast of a novel.” —Roxane Gay, via Goodreads 

“Veselka traces [her characters’] arcs with empathy and an earthy sense of humor but also with a ruthless eye. She is a remarkable writer.” Los Angeles Times

“Vivid. . . . Unflinching. . . . The portrayal of . . . late capitalist America is realistic and devastating.” —The Seattle Times 
“A brilliant and fearless book.” —Nathan Hill, author of The Nix

“I was riveted by every line, the humor of being alive, the pathos of this deeply American narrative, and the energy of the prose, which contains everything from the blunt and stunning grammar of history to the personal language of the heart.” —Hilary Leichter, Oregon Book Awards judges’ citation

The Great Offshore Grounds reminded me of what a great novel can do—Veselka’s seafaring epic has the forward momentum of a grand adventure and the spiraling depth of a new myth.” —Karen Russell, author of Sleep Donation

“[The characters’] misadventures are compelling in and of themselves, irrespective of whether they serve to highlight the rapacity of unchecked neoliberalism or the growing hole in America’s social safety net. Rather than subordinate her protagonists’ experiences to a larger narrative, Veselka patiently waits for a chance to make a connection between one and the other.” The Boston Globe 

“Veselka blends fascinating details of seamanship, cab driving, and boot camp with intimate, spot-on descriptions of contemporary American poverty. . . . This gritty and unsentimental work is compassionate, funny, and deeply human.” Publishers Weekly (starred review) 

“Points of view shift kaleidoscopically, passages of history and politics are woven into the questlike narratives of the characters. The result is a fiery and occasionally luminous chaos that feels true to the experience of those for whom each day is lived at the edges of mainstream society.” Kirkus Reviews
“A fitting story for our times of families trying to stay together despite all odds, redefining their own relationships along life’s perilous journeys.” Booklist

“Wry, epic, glorious.” —Emma Donoghue, author of The Pull of the Stars


Oregon Book Award WINNER 2021

National Book Award LONGLIST 2020

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