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Title: The End by Anna
Author: Adam Zachary
Publication Date: November 1, 2016
Synopsis on Goodreads:
Anna’s greatest artwork would have also been her last: live-streaming her death of exposure on a remote stretch of tundra. Part love triangle, part meditation on performance art, and part archival document of a creative prodigy, this genre-bending short novel is an intelligent and emotionally resonant work from a bold and ambitious new literary voice.
This novel by Adam Zachary is a piece of art. Zachary is astounding. This story completely took my breathe away. It’s a story of Anna, an artist who’s last planned piece of art is to film her self in a live-stream as she dies of exposure. Told from the perspective of a close friend, this story gives us an intimate look into Anna’s world, her art, her sexuality, her life, and her genius. Death hangs over this whole story, infusing it with melancholy. Anna views her death with a sense of disconnect, viewing beauty in her demise rather than concern at her own thought of suicide. Her friends see her vision, but also push her to see reason. The story is wrought with emotion and a tension that lies just beneath the surface.
Zachary’s writing is clear, moving, and powerful. I could read this story again and again. I believe that I’d feel something new with each reading. The characters are raw and honest, confronting each other, questioning, accepting, loving, hurting. I fell in love with this story, and I hope you will too.