Fire Sermon (Hardcover)

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Jamie Quatro’s debut novel (she has previously released a collection of short stories) is a conflict of following your heart's desire versus your responsibility to the life you’ve already chosen. Something that’s been done many, many times, but perhaps not from this kind of angle and certainly not with this much punch. A religious scholar and writer, Maggie, becomes engrossed in a love affair with a poet, James, and uses her Christianity to defend their actions as well as her reason for remaining loyal to her husband of twenty years and two children. Told in a variety of formats, with no quotations for dialogue, and in a non-linear chronology, I found that this didn’t annoy me but in fact was the most effective way to tell this story. I don’t know if I’ve ever read a story with as much emotional intensity in such a small space as this. Uncomfortable, sensual, provocative, profound, intense, riveting and I think most importantly, relatable. As “human” as it gets. I read it in one sitting.

 

— Carl

Jamie Quatro’s debut novel (she has previously released a collection of short stories) is a conflict of following your heart's desire versus your responsibility to the life you’ve already chosen. Something that’s been done many, many times, but perhaps not from this kind of angle and certainly not with this much punch. A religious scholar and writer, Maggie, becomes engrossed in a love affair with a poet, James, and uses her Christianity to defend their actions as well as her reason for remaining loyal to her husband of twenty years and two children. Told in a variety of formats and in a non-linear chronology, I found that this was the most effective way to tell this story. I don’t know if I’ve ever read a book with as much emotional intensity in such a small space as this. Uncomfortable, sensual, provocative, profound, intense, riveting and I think most importantly, relatable. As “human” as it gets. I read it in one sitting.

— From Carl

Description


"It would be difficult to overstate the wonder I felt while reading this novel. It's among the most beautiful books I've ever read about longing--for beauty, for sex, for God, for a coherent life."--Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You

Maggie is entirely devoted to her husband Thomas, their two beautiful children, and to God--until what begins as a platonic intellectual and spiritual exchange between writer Maggie and poet James transforms into an erotically-charged bond that challenges Maggie's sense of loyalty and morality, drawing her deeper into the darkness of desire.

A daring debut novel of obsession, lust, and salvation by the highly lauded author of the story collection, I Want To Show You More, Fire Sermon is a tour de force that charts with bold intimacy and immersive sensuality the life of a married woman in the grip of a magnetic affair.

About the Author


JAMIE QUATRO is the author of I Want To Show You More. She is a visiting professor in the Sewanee School of Letters MFA program, a contributing editor at Oxford American, and lives with her husband and children in Lookout Mountain, Georgia.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780802127044
ISBN-10: 0802127045
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: January 9th, 2018
Pages: 224
Language: English