WW Norton & Company, 2016.
Published in the UK by Corsair, 2016.
How do you mourn what wasn't?
"One of the wisest, saddest, most beautiful books about love that I've ever read."
“Daniel Raeburn gets right down to the essentials: life, death, love, loss. There’s not a spare syllable here, and the telegraphic style has the odd effect of amplifying these profound questions, allowing them to resonate fully. Vessels is a beautiful book about the sheer, mysterious contingency of anyone being born at all.”
"Daniel Raeburn writes like a person who means it, every last word. Vessels is spare and elegant and smart and propulsive, but above all it feels unrelentingly truthful, alive with the close breath of the realest intimacy. Raeburn went to a very dark place and brought us back something beautiful and strangely consoling."
“A brilliant and dazzling story about love, marriage, and family. In a prose so transparent that you feel as if it’s your own experience, Daniel Raeburn has written a beautiful book about loss and redemption.”
"Meditates upon the significance of family, and fate, and heredity, and coincidence, and art, yet does so with such matter-of-fact syntax and reportorial sentiment that the reader does not know whether to praise omnipotence or indifference, as regards the universe, faith or skepticism. In this manner does Daniel Raeburn convey the complicated loves of marriage and parenting, of finding honest and enduring meaning in a time when one is hard-pressed to do so.”
“Affecting and often wrenching.”
"Poignant . . . deeply personal."