The Secrets of a Fire Kingby Kim Edwards, Bernadette Dunne (Read by)
In each of these elegant and mesmerizing stories, Edwards explores the lives of those who exist on the fringes of society--a fire-eater, an American and his Korean war bride, a juggler, and a trapeze artist.
"Stunning . . . [Edwards's] sinuous prose and endless empathy work their spell. . . . Radiant, original, and passionate, these are memorable stories."
-Andrea Barrett, author of Ship Fever
"The Secrets of a Fire King gives eloquence to an astonishing range of discoveries and leaves the reader entranced."
-The New York Times Book Review
"Beautifully focused ... [Edwards's] tales read like the work of a wise traveler who returns home with uncommon souvenirs from other lands."
"Striking ... powerful."
-The Boston Globe
- Penguin Group (USA)
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- Product dimensions:
- 5.24(w) x 5.76(h) x 1.56(d)
- Age Range:
- 18 Years
Meet the Author
Kim Edwards has won numerous awards, including a Whiting Award and the Nelson Algren Award and most recently the Kentucky Literary Award for fiction. She is the author of a collection of short stories, The Secrets Of a Fire King, which was an alternate for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her stories and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, Zoetrope, Anteaus, Story, and The Paris Review and have received a National Magazine Awards for excellence in Fiction and a Pushcart Prize. A graduate of the Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop, she currently teaches writing at the University of Kentucky. This is her first novel, which has been chosen as a Barnes and Noble Discover title. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband and daughters.
- Lexington, Kentucky
- Date of Birth:
- May 4, 1958
- Place of Birth:
- Killeen, Texas
- A.A., Cayuga Community College; B.A., Colgate University; M.F.A., Iowa Writers' Workshop; M.A., University of Iowa
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I am not typically a fan of stories because I think they're all rushed prose, but this book is great. Honest stories that allow the reader to continue to construct well beyond the confines of the pages. Great read.
Such a great book. Extemely well written and very unique, thought provoking plots. The characters are well thought out and extremely dynamic. Not rushed at all, very complete stories. Leaves you feeling fullfilled and inspired. Endings are suggestive but leave you in a comfortable place with the characters.