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The Burning Ground

by Adam O'Riordan

eBooks of the Month Modern and Contemporary Fiction Shorter Reads

The Burning Ground Synopsis

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.

The Burning Ground Press Reviews

Wonderfully lyrical and bittersweet * Observer *

Stylish, sensitive and surprising * Telegraph *

Elegant and greatly accomplished * Guardian *

Wonderfully lyrical and bittersweet * Observer, Fiction to Look out for in 2017 *

Witty and raw * Daily Mail *

This is a wonderful, beguiling collection of short stories. Written with a cool, knowing lyricism, they haunt and enthral -- William Boyd

Quietly excellent ... Short story writing in the mode of William Trevor or John Cheever -- Adam Foulds * Guardian *

Exquisitely observed ... These rich and varied slices of life ought to bring O'Riordan fresh admirers * Daily Telegraph *

The landscape of California fills this lush, lyrical debut ... The emotional temperature of these evocative stories is often scorching * Observer *

An auspicious debut, full of unforgettable lines and hard-won insights. Adam O'Riordan is the real thing -- Hugo Williams

If LA really is the city with the greatest capacity for loneliness when things unravel, then Adam O'Riordan's misfits provide ideal company the next time you find yourself mooching along the boardwalk ... O'Riordan wilfully mines the less glossy side of LA, and ordinary lives gone wrong, with haunting effect * GQ *

The loneliness of the long distance traveler whispers through this impressive debut collection ... Plenty of promise * RTE Guide *

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ISBN: 9781408864791
Publication date: 11/01/2018
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781408864777
Publication date: 12/01/2017
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781408864791
Publication date: 11th January 2018
Author: Adam O'Riordan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 208 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Modern and Contemporary Fiction, Shorter Reads,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Short stories,

About Adam O'Riordan

Adam O'Riordan was born in Manchester in 1982 and read English at Oxford University. In 2008 O'Riordan became the youngest Writer in Residence at The Wordsworth Trust, the Centre for British Romanticism. His first collection of poetry, In the Flesh, won a Somerset Maugham Award in 2011. He is Senior Lecturer at the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. The Burning Ground is his first collection of short stories. @oriordanadam

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