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An Evening in Conversation with Jamie Quatro
January 11, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm | Free
Organizer: Star Line Books, Phone: 423-777-5629 www.starlinebooks.com
Categories: Literature & Poetry, Workshops & Talks
Please join Star Line Books and the Southern Lit Alliance as we host the launch of Jamie Quatro’s debut novel, Fire Sermon. Jamie will be in conversation with Dr. John Grammar, Director of the Sewanee School of Letters, on Thursday evening, January 11th, beginning a 7 p.m.
Can I sing about what’s waiting on
the far side of fidelity?
The wide door-swing, the unfurling sky?
Jamie Quatro’s remarkable first book of stories, I Want to Show You More, published to spectacular reviews, announcing her arrival to American letters as “a writer of great originality” (New York Times Book Review). Now, with her debut novel, Fire Sermon, Quatro delivers a startlingly unique portrait of an obsession and the complexities of a marriage.
Married twenty years to Thomas and living in Nashville with their two children, Maggie is drawn ineluctably into a passionate affair while still fiercely committed to her husband and family. What begins as a platonic intellectual and spiritual exchange between writer Maggie and poet James, gradually transforms into an emotional and erotically-charged bond that challenges Maggie’s sense of loyalty and morality, drawing her deeper into the darkness of desire.
Using an array of narrative techniques and written in spare, elegant prose, Jamie Quatro gives us a compelling account of one woman’s emotional, psychological, physical, and spiritual yearnings—unveiling the impulses and contradictions that reside in us all. Fire Sermon is an unflinchingly honest and formally daring debut novel from a writer of enormous talent
“What an absolutely beautiful and moving book. I started reading Fire Sermon and literally, was cranky when I couldn’t get back to it. The writing is nothing less than masterful. I’ve always been a HUGE fan of Jamie Quatro but now she’s taking my fandom to another level.”—Jacqueline Woodson, author of Another Brooklyn
“I devoured this novel! Quatro is a fearless marvel. An exquisite story of female desire, faith, and commitment and one of the most haunting portraits of a marriage I’ve ever read.” —Lily King, author of Euphoria
“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. Great writers write with their whole lives, with everything they have seen and thought and felt, with their obsessions and their desires; their books have the density and richness of existence. Jamie Quatro is a such a writer, and Fire Sermon is such a book.” —Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You
“This book is bright and dark by turns but always shot through with a vital, unerring grace. Plus it’s about love and death, sex and God. What more could a reader want?” —Jenny Offill, author of Dept. of Speculation
“It’s rare, to the point of near non-existence, to find a book that has such literary weight and heft, yet reads like a sonnet. I look at it in puzzlement, wondering how Jamie Quatro gave such breadth, depth and intensity in so few words. And it’s funny, and real, and painful, so painful. Also a shot of light. An education. A mirror. Terrifying.” —Samantha Harvey, author of Dear, Thief
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