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A World Made of Fire

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by Mark Childress
 

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"Mark Childress is an artist with an ear comparable to Eudora Welty's. I haven't read a Southern novel since Losing Battles that has given me such pleasure." - Harper Lee. An extraordinary burst of praise greeted Mark Childress's enthralling first novel, "A World Made of Fire." Set in Alabama at the turn of the century, it tells the story of Callie Bates and her

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"Mark Childress is an artist with an ear comparable to Eudora Welty's. I haven't read a Southern novel since Losing Battles that has given me such pleasure." - Harper Lee. An extraordinary burst of praise greeted Mark Childress's enthralling first novel, "A World Made of Fire." Set in Alabama at the turn of the century, it tells the story of Callie Bates and her adoring children; the preacher-husband leaving in a buggy after the wedding and returning with spiteful sermons about the children Callie gives birth to year after year in his absence. It is the story of the secret visitor who is the radiant element of Callie's life; of the tragic Christmas Day of 1909; and of the children who survive it - Jacko, believed to have magical powers because he was saved from the fire in his mother's arms, and young Stella, blighted by the sorrow she has witnessed. The poetic, non-comic novel that launched the career of the author of "Crazy in Alabama" and "One Mississippi."

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Publishers Weekly
Spellbinding ... Enthralling ... An impressive debut ... A writer of poetic acuity, he evokes the atmosphere of a small Southern town in the early 1990s and brings its inhabitants to life through their colorful, softly cadenced speech. . . . Childress's remarkable command of language – he uses imagery with sensuous skill – his sure sense of plot, fueled by mysticism and mystery, and most of all, his beautifully nuanced depiction of coming of age, will keep readers enthralled.
San Francisco Chronicle
Seldom has dialect been handled so gracefully, so respectfully. Even if you've never been to Alabama, you'll swear that the author has a perfect ear for the local speech. . . . Childress dishes up all the rainy funerals and poverty, all the bonfires and hints of incest we could want... a lollapalooza of a story.
Saturday Review
Startlingly original ... Not only do a great many marvelous things happen, they do so in a time and place so untapped that Childress is able to claim the territory as his alone.... Childress, who comes from Monroeville, Alabama, the home of Truman Capote and Harper Lee, has marked himself at the tender age of twenty-six as a major new fictional voice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781419655937
Publisher:
BookSurge, LLC
Publication date:
07/14/2008
Pages:
284
Sales rank:
1,135,119
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Mark Childress was born in 1957 in Monroeville, Alabama and grew up in Ohio, Indiana, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama. After graduation from the University of Alabama in 1978, Childress was a reporter for The Birmingham News, Features Editor of Southern Living magazine, and Regional Editor of The Atlanta Journal and Constitution. Childress is the author of six novels: "A World Made of Fire" (Knopf, 1984), "V For Victor" (Knopf, 1988) "Tender" (Harmony, 1990), "Crazy in Alabama" (Putnam, 1993), and "Gone for Good," (Knopf, 1988) and "One Mississippi," published in July 2006 by Little, Brown & Co. His articles and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Times of London, San Francisco Chronicle, Saturday Review, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, Travel and Leisure, and other national and international publications. Childress wrote the screenplay of the Columbia Pictures film "Crazy in Alabama," an official selection of the Venice and San Sebastian film festivals. He lives all over the place, currently in New York City.

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A World Made of Fire 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
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A sad mysterious story, told in a voice from the past. Pay close attention to the voices that tell the story. Some unexpected twist in this tale.
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Kevvboy More than 1 year ago
This is definitely a first novel - it's set in 1909 in the backwoods of Alabama, written in a sort of richly textured iambic pentameter that is more reminiscent of Faulkner or early Robert Penn Warren than this author's later books - but check it out. It's engrossing, enthralling, a weird ride but well worth the journey.
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When i woke up, it was about noon. I was hungry and cold and i missed my walkers. I pondered for a bit then made up my mind that i would have to go out and find food. I ripped off my collar so i wouldnt make any noise walking. When i stepped outside i imediately started marking my territory. I made a fair amount of land covered and even found a blueberry bush! Then i found a hole in the ground underneath it. Inside i found something comepletely unexpected. An entire family of cats! Well there were only 4 cats but close enough. I'd found help! I asked them if they knew where the city is but they just questioned me about what a city was! This was the strangest bunch of cats ever! Living in holes, not knowing what cities are, it's just weird! After a bit of talking i learned the hole was called a den and they were outcasts from a clan, and they invited me to stay with them til i could find my own. It was a very productive day, but i had no idea what horrors and challenges i would face tommorrow.