256 pages, 3.35 × 2.07 × 0.2 in
June 8, 2009
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0143112309
ISBN - 13: 9780143112303
About the Book
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.
Table of Contents
The Secrets of a Fire KingThe Great Chain of Being
Spring, Mountain, Sea
A Gleaming in the Darkness
The Way It Felt to Be Falling
The Secrets of a Fire King
In the Garden
The Story of My Life
From the Publisher
The first story collection from the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Memory Keeper's Daughter
With The Memory Keeper's Daughter, Kim Edwards touched hearts across the nation. In this, her first collection of stories-now with three new stories added-she explores the lives of those who exist on the fringes of society: a fire-eater, an American and his Korean war bride, Madame Curie's maid, and others. Though their tales vary dramatically, each comes up against the barriers of place and circumstance in the most universal of experiences: the quest to discover and understand the elusive mysteries of love. Transporting readers to exotic locations, this beautiful collection reinforces Edwards's presence as an extraordinarily gifted writer.
About 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.
"Impeccable, a treasure . . . Edwards's brilliance is evident in the way she constructs a story."
"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