Draining the Sea by MichelineAharonian Marcom

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The extraordinary new novel from the winner of the: 2004 Lannan Literary Fellowship 2005 PEN USA Literary Award for Fiction 2006 Whiting Writers? Award

?A new work of obsession, tragedy, and the unpredictable trajectories of the heart.?(Cristina Garcia, author of Dreaming in Cuban)

A powerful testament about the far-reaching effects of political brutality and lost love, Draining the Sea sifts through the incongruities of history and memory, unfurling inside the mind of a man who spends his days driving the streets of Los Angeles, racked by visions of the Guatemalan Civil War and, in particular, of Marta, a beautiful young prostitute who died violently in it?a tragedy in which he himself may have played a role.


About MichelineAharonian Marcom

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Micheline Aharonian Marcom was born in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, in 1968 to an American father and an Armenian-Lebanese mother. She grew up in Los Angeles, and now lives in northern California, where she teaches creative writing at Mills College.
Published March 13, 2008 by Riverhead. 364 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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An unnamed middle-aged man, overweight and with kidney problems, drives around Los Angeles picking up the carcasses of dead dogs.

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As the unnamed narrator, a descendant of Armenian genocide survivors, drives through Los Angeles and goes through his daily routines, he’s awash in memories, mostly about Marta, an Ixil prostitute whom the narrator both loved and possibly killed.

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