Burning and Dodging: A Novel

Burning and Dodging: A Novel

by Julie Wittes Schlack
Burning and Dodging: A Novel

Burning and Dodging: A Novel

by Julie Wittes Schlack


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"An astute and absorbing study of personal growth, human connection, and the nature of reality." -Kirkus Reviews

On the cusp of sixty, after a lifetime of supporting the aspirations of others, would-be artist Tina Gabler is feeling a sense of urgency to take her own ambitions seriously and put her creative talents to the test. Temporarily unattached, Tina takes a position with former prime-time news anchor, Peter Bright at his home in the Thousand Islands. Aging and frail, Peter is trying to finish a book about the decline of objectivity in photojournalism-a meticulously documented exposé of iconic but staged photographs that defined "reality" for an increasingly lazy and credulous public that, Peter believes, demands stories more than facts.

As Peter's research assistant, Tina tracks down not just the provenance of his photos, but also the unidentified child in a Roman Vishniac photograph and Peter's estranged daughter, a Cree girl he adopted during the notorious "Sixties Scoop" in Canada. But in trying to create happy endings for other people's children, she must reexamine her relationship with her own father, and the quest for collective versus personal achievement that has brought her to this unsettled moment.

Funny, searching, and gorgeously written, Burning and Dodging entertains as it reveals how the stories we construct about others support the stories we tell about ourselves.

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ISBN-13: 9781684338429
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Publication date: 12/23/2021
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Julie Wittes Schlack's memoir in essays, This All-at-Onceness, was named one of Kirkus Reviews' Best Independent Nonfiction Books of 2019. She reviewed books for The Boston Globe and writes for NPR station WBUR's journal of ideas and opinions, Cognoscenti. Her fiction and essays have appeared in numerous journals such as Shenandoah, The Writer's Chronicle, Ninth Letter, and Tampa Review. Julie lives with her husband in a co-housing community in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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