The Burning Ground
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Written with an outsider's keen eye, this collection of stories paints an intimate portrait of diverse lives, in a work of remarkable beauty and poignancy. In these eight stories, an English writer focuses his gaze on America's West Coast, moving from fractured lives in remote, sun-scorched towns to the charged hum of Venice Beach.
The Burning Ground by Adam O'Riordan
A masterful debut short story collection from the award-winning, critically-acclaimed poet Adam O'Riordan. A man visits his long-distance lover in Los Angeles and forges an unexpected bond with a fellow traveller on the way; a teenager interviews a businessman for his school newspaper and their paths continue to cross, throughout life; the foreman of a desert building project embarks on a journey down the Pacific Coast Highway and into California's underworld when his employer's daughter goes missing; a lonely widower reflects on the past and confronts a disturbing and long suppressed memory; a divorced father tries to reconnect with his son on a hunting trip; an artist finds peace in exile after the disintegration of an affair; and itinerant Brits discuss love and acting in downtown LA.
'This is a wonderful, beguiling collection of short stories. Written with a cool, knowing lyricism, they haunt and enthral' -- William Boyd
'These musical, deftly patterned poems are the products of a supple susceptibility and a determined intelligence. They make for a convincing and sustained debut' -- Adam Foulds
'An auspicious debut, full of unforgettable lines and hard-won insights. Adam O'Riordan is the real thing' -- Hugo Williams
'Adam O'Riordan's poems combine verbal grace with powerful feelings and a keen intelligence that extends from the personal to the political with admirable ease ... Extremely impressive' -- James Lasdun
'Elegant, beautifully-turned poems that match an easy technique with a sophisticated intelligence' -- Nick Laird
About the Author
Publication date12th January 2017
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PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC
CategoriesModern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
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