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What Burns

Audiobook
Fiction: Family
Unabridged   6 hour(s)
Publication date: 11/05/2019

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684574438
Digital Download ISBN:9781684574421

Summary

The first collection of short fiction from Lambda Award–winning novelist Dale Peck spans twenty-five years of writing, including two O. Henry award-winners and the recipient of a Pushcart Prize.

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The first collection of short fiction from Lambda Award–winning novelist Dale Peck spans twenty-five years of writing, including two O. Henry Award winners and the recipient of a Pushcart Prize.

The stories in What Burns examine the extremes of desire against a backdrop of family, class, and mortality.

In "Bliss," a young man befriends the convicted felon who murdered his mother when he was only a child. In "Not Even Camping Is Like Camping Anymore," a teenage boy fends off the advances of a five-year-old his mother babysits. And in "Dues," a man discovers that everything he owns is borrowed from someone else—including his time on earth.

Walking the tightrope between tenderness and violence that has defined Peck's work since the publication of his first novel, Martin and John, through his most recent, Night Soil, What Burns reveals Peck's mastery of the short form.

Reviews/Praise

“Stories like these find Peck in fine, counterintuitive form, spinning fiction from the most unlikely and captivating premises.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Peck is a brave, bold writer who disallows a safe, predictable reading experience. The final line of a story often cracks it open in unanticipated ways.”—Booklist

“Peck writes beautifully about all types of desires people encounter . . . This is an evocative collection.” —Publishers Weekly

Author Bio

Dale Peck is the author of fourteen books in a variety of genres, including Visions and Revisions and Sprout. His fiction and criticism have appeared in dozens of publications, and have earned him two O. Henry Awards, a Pushcart Prize, a Lambda Literary Award, and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship.