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"Mark Childress is an artist with an ear comparable to Eudora Welty's. I haven't read a Southern novel since Losing Battles that has given me such pleasure.” -Harper Lee.


"That rarest of finds, an unsentimental coming-of-age story, the novel is also an engrossing mystery... We couldn't ask for more." -San Francisco Chronicle.


"Mark Childress is a writer of almost uncanny stylistic ability and clear vision. His eye for detail is extraordinary... you want to holler oh yeah! like a guy who's gotten religion at a riverside camp meeting." -Stephen King.


"The ambivalence of fire--as evocation of glowing love and furious destruction--permeates this stunning first novel by Mark Childress, a young Southern writer who gives fresh expression to his region's literary preoccupations... A World Made of Fire probes varieties of tenderness and love, principally from the viewpoint of [a] young girl, Estelle Bates, whose literary forebears include Lena Grove in Faulkner's Light in August... Childress dramatically traces her course, keeping the violent and the tender elements in a tense, remarkably effective balance... Reading it is rather like staring for a good long while into the coals of a fire; in that concentration of energy, many things can be learned." -Newsday.


"Childress writes his haunting novel with poetic cadence in brief, intense chapters... He is an author of imagination... Stella's coming-of-age in grief and loneliness is drawn with graceful authenticity." -Valerie Miner, The New York Times Book Review.

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"Mark Childress is an artist with an ear comparable to Eudora Welty's. I haven't read a Southern novel since Losing Battles that has given me such pleasure.” -Harper Lee.

"That rarest of finds, an unsentimental coming-of-age story, the novel is also an engrossing mystery... We couldn't ask for more." -San Francisco Chronicle.

"Mark Childress is a writer of almost uncanny stylistic ability and clear vision. His eye for detail is extraordinary... you want to holler oh yeah! like a guy who's gotten religion at a riverside camp meeting." -Stephen King.

"The ambivalence of fire--as evocation of glowing love and furious destruction--permeates this stunning first novel by Mark Childress, a young Southern writer who gives fresh expression to his region's literary preoccupations... A World Made of Fire probes varieties of tenderness and love, principally from the viewpoint of [a] young girl, Estelle Bates, whose literary forebears include Lena Grove in Faulkner's Light in August... Childress dramatically traces her course, keeping the violent and the tender elements in a tense, remarkably effective balance... Reading it is rather like staring for a good long while into the coals of a fire; in that concentration of energy, many things can be learned." -Newsday.

"Childress writes his haunting novel with poetic cadence in brief, intense chapters... He is an author of imagination... Stella's coming-of-age in grief and loneliness is drawn with graceful authenticity." -Valerie Miner, The New York Times Book Review.

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ISBN 9781419655937
EAN 9781419655937
Publisher Overture Books
Publish Date Jan 1, 2008
Copyright Date Jan 1, 1984
Binding Paperback
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