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Of Fathers and Fire

A Novel

Steven Wingate

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Imprint: University of Nebraska Press
Published: 04/2019
Pages: 306
Subject: Fiction
eBook ISBN: 9781496215048

DESCRIPTION

When Richie Thorpe and his ragtag religious band of ex-thieves arrive in the High Plains town of Suborney, Colorado, Tommy Sandor is captivated by the group. It's the summer of 1980 in the dusty, junkyard town, and the seventeen-year-old is wrestling with the forces shaping America and himself: the Iran hostage crisis, the incoming tide of Ronald Reagan's presidency, and the political rise of the Christian Right. As Tommy is increasingly drawn to the group, his mother, Connie, grows frantic. She has been hiding the truth from her son, telling him that his father was a saxophonist from New York who never knew he had a child, and is lying low in Suborney to hide from Tommy's actual father—Richie Thorpe. Connie knows Richie has come for his son, and though she has witnessed Thorpe's mysterious powers, the desperation to protect her lie, her son, and their life begets a venom with an elemental power that threatens the whole town.  

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Steven Wingate is the author of the award-winning short story collection Wifeshopping and the prose poem collection Thirty-One Octets: Incantations and Meditations. His interactive digital memoir daddylabyrinth premiered at the Art/Science Museum of Singapore. He is an associate professor of English at South Dakota State University.  

REVIEWS

"Deeply felt, subtly innovative, utterly compelling, Steven Wingate's Of Fathers and Fire is an excellent novel by a talented novelist who deserves—and with this book I feel certain will find—a wide audience."—Robert Olen Butler, author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

"Steven Wingate has a rare feel for American landscapes and for our recent past. I admire his willingness to tackle genuinely controversial topics—including religious vicissitudes and our complex visions of masculinity. Wingate's keen sense of language houses an equally keen compassion for human plights."—Elizabeth Kostova, author of The Historian and The Shadow Land

"Steven Wingate writes so well about teenagers and parents, belief and doubt, saxophone playing and rain making, and the kind of small town where everyone knows everyone. Of Fathers and Fire is a magical and deeply satisfying novel."—Margot Livesey, author of Mercury and The Hidden Machinery

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