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Burnt House

Burnt House

by Lowell Mick White


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Following the divorce of her parents in the mid-1970s, teenager Jackie Stalnaker is sent away to live with her grandmother in the small town of Burnt House in central West Virginia. Not at all bored by the place, grateful to get away from her squabbling parents, and something of a snoop, Jackie is fascinated by the people she comes to know and is determined to discover—or at least imagine—all their stories and secrets. “Tragedies,” Jackie reports. “Screw-ups. Cruelties. Bad, bad, sad things that nobody ever forgot, things people never talked about openly but only sometimes related in whispered hinting half-stories after dark.” Burnt House is both the story of what Jackie learns about the town and of her own reaction to her increasing knowledge, a darkly comic, gothic exploration of a town and the people who live there—and an examination of the stories they tell and the histories they know.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781943306114
Publisher: Alamo Bay Press
Publication date: 06/13/2018
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Lowell Mick White is the author of four previous books: That Demon Life and Professed, novels, and Long Time Ago Good, and The Messes We Make of Our Lives, story collections. His work has been published in many literary journals, including Callaloo, Iron Horse Literary Review, and Still: The Journal. A winner of the Dobie-Paisano Fellowship and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, White received his PhD from Texas A&M University.

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