Beneath the Bonfire

Beneath the Bonfire

by Nickolas Butler


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Nickolas Butler's debut novel, Shotgun Lovesongs, has become an international bestseller and won numerous accolades, including France's Prix Page/America. Now, in Beneath the Bonfire, he demonstrates his talent for portraying "a place and its people with such love that you'll find yourself falling for them, too" (Josh Weil, author of The Great Glass Sea).

Young couples gather to participate in an annual "chainsaw party," cutting down trees for firewood in anticipation of the winter. A group of men spend a weekend hunting for mushrooms in the wilderness where they grew up and where some still find themselves trapped. An aging environmentalist takes out his frustration and anger on a singular, unsuspecting target. One woman helps another get revenge against a man whose crime extends far beyond him to an entire community. Together, the ten stories in this dazzling, surprising collection evoke a landscape that will be instantly recognizable to anyone who has traveled the back roads and blue highways of America, and they completely capture the memorable characters who call it home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250039835
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 05/05/2015
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,239,032
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Nickolas Butler was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. His writings have appeared in Narrative Magazine, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review Online, The Progressive, The Christian Science Monitor, and elsewhere. A bestseller in both the United States and France, his debut novel, Shotgun Lovesongs, received the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award, the Great Lakes Great Reads Award, and France's Prix Page/America. Butler graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison before attending the Iowa Writers' Workshop and currently lives in Wisconsin with his wife and their two children.

Table of Contents

The Chainsaw Soirée


Sven & Lily



Beneath the Bonfire

Sweet Light Crude

In Western Counties

Train People Move Slow


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Beneath the Bonfire 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent collection of short stories! I read the author's first novel and couldn't wait to read this one and it does not disappoint. A great read about a lot of things, a lot about life. The author is really good at telling stories and this book is a great addition to his other book. Buy it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best collection of short stories I've seen in a while. The stories are true American Midwest stories, and some that everyone can relate to, from friendships to marriages, and others that are just fascinating reads. I recommend this book highly and also recommend the author's debut award-winning novel "Shotgun Lovesongs". Both are high literary, destined-to-be classics. Buy one for yourself and one for your friends and family.--LOC
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is good. If i am bored I would read this. But it gets kind of boring after a while. Its ok.