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What Burns: Stories

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What Burns: Stories

The first collection of short fiction from Lambda Award–winning novelist Dale Peck spans 25 years of writing, including two O. Henry award-winners and the recipient of a Pushcart Prize.

The stories in WHAT BURNS examine the extremes of desire against a backdrop of family, class and mortality.

In “Bliss,” a young man befriends the convicted felon who murdered his mother when he was only a child. In “Not Even Camping Is Like Camping Anymore,” a teenage boy fends off the advances of a five-year-old his mother babysits. And in “Dues,” a man discovers that everything he owns is borrowed from someone else --- including his time on earth.

Walking the tightrope between tenderness and violence that has defined his work since the publication of his debut novel, MARTIN AND JOHN, through his most recent, NIGHT SOIL, WHAT BURNS reveals Peck’s mastery of the short form.

What Burns: Stories
by Dale Peck

  • Publication Date: November 5, 2019
  • Genres: Fiction, Short Stories
  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Press
  • ISBN-10: 164129082X
  • ISBN-13: 9781641290821