Van Gogh's Ear
By David Nash
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Paperback ISBN: 978-1-932842-03-6
Publisher: Star Cloud Press
Date of Publication: September 2010
Page Count: 320
From the mountains of Utah to the seaside underbelly of Venice, California come two brothers on a voyage of holy revenge and realization. Ross hunts the rapist of his one true love, Lizzy. His younger brother, Brentwood, is unknowingly along for the ride.
Culminating with three murders committed on Christmas Eve, this is a dark, contemporary story of a young man who destroys what he loves most. Van Gogh's Ear is the soul-rending account of love between two brothers. It is the narrative of their last few months together in a world where love tears apart and the lessons of the mind are rarely those of the heart.
"David Nash writes with a blade. Van Gogh's Ear is the kind of novel which is instantly engrossing and disturbing, and it leaves us in awe. Ross is devil and angel in a dark, high octane cosmos, and I could not look away as he spun out his revenge. This is fierce and fine writing, and Mr. Nash shows us again the potency of fiction."
– Ron Carlson, author of Five Skies
". . . a vivid mélange of puns, metaphor, word association and rhyme . . . a brutal, razor-edged paean . . . shot through with biblical references and exaltation à la Rimbaud or Baudelaire. . . filled with moments of psychotically brilliant wordplay."
– Kirkus Reviews
"What a dark, flame-lit, searing cauldron of love and desire David Nash has illuminated here. Van Gogh's Ear astounds in its emotional ferocity, its wide-eyed look at the nature of torment, the emotional hell we each create for ourselves and those we love: and always, at hand, the possibility for redemption. Love, that which would save us all, each to each. This is biblical literature at its most contemporary: Venice, California; sand and the boardwalk and beach; the dark side of the music scene and those who so populate — written in a prose, line by line, that aches to be received, its cadences melodically fit and thundering within the dark well of these lives where the heart so insistently drums. Only David Nash could write this novel. Like a friend, a chance intersection in the dark night of a soul, this book will change your life. Leonard Cohen writes, 'Forget your perfect offering / There is a crack, a crack in everything / That's how the light gets in.' Van Gogh's Ear is that light."
– T. M. McNally, author of The Gateway: Stories
About David Nash:
David Nash was born in Utah and grew up living in California, Indiana, the Philippines, New York, Taiwan, Arizona, and Argentina. He earned his master's degree in fiction from the Arizona State University M.F.A. program and now lives and works in New York City.
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