ABOUT A MOUNTAIN.
By John D’Agata.
W. W. Norton. 236 pp. $23.95
Near the beginning of About a Mountain, John D’Agata reflects on the human search for meaning, “the dream that if we linger long enough with anything, the truth of its significance is bound to be revealed.” Pursuing that truth is the aim of every ambitious writer, and for D’Agata—an experimental essayist who teaches creative writing at the University of Iowa—significance lies also in the pursuit itself.
In the summer of 2002, after helping his mother move to Las Vegas, he ended up lingering to investigate two local occurrences. One...