Fire Is Your Water: A Novel

Fire Is Your Water: A Novel

by Jim Minick

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Sacred chants are Ada Franklin’s power and her medicine. By saying them, she can remove warts, stanch bleeding, and draw the fire from burns. At age twenty, her reputation as a faith healer defines her in her rural Pennsylvania community. But on the day in 1953 that her family’s barn is consumed by flame, her identity as a healer is upended. The heat, the roar of the blaze, and the bellows of the trapped cows change Ada. For the first time, she fears death and—for the first time—she doubts God. With her belief goes her power to heal. Then Ada meets an agnostic named Will Burk and his pet raven, Cicero.

Fire Is Your Water is acclaimed memoirist Jim Minick’s first novel. Built on magical realism and social observation in equal measure, it never gives way to sentimentality and provides an insider’s glimpse into the culture of Appalachia. A jealous raven, a Greek chorus of one, punctuates the story with its judgments on the characters and their actions, until a tragic accident brings Ada and Will together in a deeper connection.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804040792
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 03/15/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,185,694
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Jim Minick is the author of five books, including The Blueberry Years, winner of the Best Nonfiction Book of the Year from the Southern Independent Booksellers Association. His work has appeared in Oxford American, Shenandoah, Orion, The Sun, and elsewhere. He teaches at Augusta University and Converse College.

Table of Contents

Cicero Part 1 1 2 3 4 Part 2 5 6 Cicero 7 Cicero 8 Cicero 9 Cicero 10 11 12 13 14 Cicero 15 16 Part 3 17 18 Cicero 19 20 Cicero 21 22 Cicero 23 Cicero 24 Cicero 25 26 27 28 Cicero 30 31 Cicero 32 33 Cicero 34 Cicero 35 Cicero 36 Cicero 37 38 Cicero 39 Cicero 40 Part 4 41 Cicero 42 43 Cicero 44 45 46 Cicero 47 48 Cicero 49 Cicero Acknowledgments

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