A hypnotic, spellbinding
novel set in Greece and Africa, where a young Liberian woman reckons with a
On a remote island in the
Aegean, Jacqueline is living alone in a cave accessible only at low tide. With
nothing to protect her from the elements and with the fabric between herself
and the world around her increasingly frayed, she is permeated by sensory
experiences of remarkable intensity: the need for shade in the relentless heat
of the sun-baked island; hunger and the occasional bliss of release from it;
the exquisite pleasure of diving into the sea. The pressing physical realities
of the moment provide a deeper relief: the euphoric obliteration of memory and,
with it, the unspeakable violence she has seen and from which she has miraculously
irrepressibly, images from a life before this violence begin to resurface: the
view across lush gardens to a different sea, a gold Rolex glinting on her
father’s wrist, a glass of gin in her mother’s best crystal, an adoring younger
sister, a family in the moment before their fortunes were irrevocably changed.
Jacqueline must find the strength to contend with what she has survived or tip
forward into full-blown madness.
and gripping, extraordinary in its depiction of physical and spiritual hungers,
Alexander Maksik’s A Marker to Measure Drift is a novel about ruin
and faith, barbarism and love, and the devastating memories that contain the
power both to destroy us and to redeem us. Download and start listening now!