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'Aquarium' by David Vann: EW review

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We gave it an A

Caitlin Thompson, Aquarium’s lonely, earnest 12-year-old narrator, is the kind of kid you want to wrap your arms around and protect. While her single mother toils on the Seattle docks, Caitlin spends her afternoons at an aquarium, studying the fish with the all-consuming obsessiveness of youth. But after she befriends an equally lonely old man, her family’s dark history begins to bubble up from the depths—and a monstrous, abusive side of her mother is revealed. Gripping, painful, but ultimately hopeful, Aquarium is a coming-of-age story that explores the limits of love and forgiveness. Vann submerges you so deeply in Caitlin’s world, you’ll be gasping for breath when you finally surface. A