A Hole in the Heart A lot happens to shy Bean Jessup in the course of this novel, A Hole in the Heart. First she flees her unfocused postcollege life… A Hole in the Heart A lot happens to shy Bean Jessup in the course of this novel, A Hole in the Heart. First she flees her unfocused postcollege life… Fiction
Book Review

A Hole in the Heart (2014)

A Hole in the Heart | I 'HEART' YOU Marquis's debut novel will draw you ''In''
I 'HEART' YOU Marquis's debut novel will draw you ''In''
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Writer: Christopher Marquis; Genre: Fiction

A lot happens to shy Bean Jessup in the course of this novel, A Hole in the Heart. First she flees her unfocused postcollege life and chilly family in San Francisco to head to Eyak, Alaska, a tiny fishing village desperate for substitute teachers. Most locals ignore her because she hasn't yet lasted five winters there. But Mick doesn't. Soon she marries him. Then he dies climbing Mount McKinley. And Christopher Marquis, a ''New York Times'' reporter, isn't even halfway into his story, an intimate look at Bean's journey from passivity to independence through numerous plot turns and a sprawling cast. Eyak's small-town quirks draw you in, but Marquis' stunning narrative pace makes Hole a rare find: an action-packed character study.

Originally posted Aug 08, 2003 Published in issue #722 Aug 08, 2003 Order article reprints