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Fire Sermon (Kobo eBook)
The much-anticipated debut novel from celebrated Jamie Quatro, whose NAIBA bestselling first book of stories I Want to Show You More published to a trifecta of raves from James Wood of the New Yorker, Dwight Garner at the New York Times, and J. Robert Lennon for the New York Times Book Review
Set between Chicago, Nashville, and NYC, Fire Sermon is a searing and erotic portrait of obsession and infidelity in which a married woman, Maggie, finds herself in a passionate intellectual relationship with a poet, James. Unlike I Want to Show You More, in Fire Sermon, the affair turns physical.
Like Marilynn Robinson, David Means and Flannery O’Connor, religion and faith backdrop the lives of Quatro’s characters, heightening the tension between their actions and their morality.
Fire Sermon went to auction in the UK with Paul Baggaley at Picador winning out to become Quatro’s first UK publisher. He compared the novel to Light Years by James Salter. Atlas Contact will publish in The Netherlands, Minimum Fax in Italy, and House of Anansi in Canada.
I Want To Show You More was a New York Times Top Ten Book of 2013, a New Yorker Favorite Book of 2013, and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, the Georgia Townsend Fiction Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize. It was a New York Times Notable Book, NPR Best Book of 2013, an Indie Next pick, an O, The Oprah Magazine summer reading pick, and New York Times Editors’ Choice.
Quatro’s work has been compared with that of Flannery O’ Connor, Lydia Davis, Franz Kafka, George Saunders, Walter Percy, Jayne Anne Phillips, Lorrie Moore, and Alice Munro.
Quatro’s fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in Tin House, Bomb, Ploughshares, McSweeney’s, Ecotone, The New York Times Book Review, The Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. She is currently a Contributing Editor at the Oxford American magazine.