Fire Sermon (Paperback)
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Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 11/01/2018
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Maggie is entirely devoted to her husband Thomas, their two beautiful children, and to God.

But then what begins as innocent letter writing with poet James starts to become something far more erotically charged, there meeting of minds threatening to become a meeting of bodies.

As everything Maggie believes in is thrown into doubt the reader is drawn ever deeper into the battleground of her soul.

Fire Sermon is a daring debut novel of obsession, desire and salvation that shows the radical light and dark of love itself. This is a visceral, rich and devastating portrait of life and loves lived and lost that cannot fail to echo in your own experience.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781509858569
Number of pages: 224
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm


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The best stories in Jamie Quatro's first collection, I Want to Show You More, are about adultery. They are passionate, sensuous, savagely intense, and remarkable for their brave dualism. . . . Moves between carnality and spirit like some franker, modernized Flannery O'Connor tale . . . Quatro has a poet's compound eye [and] fearless lyricism . . . Expansive, joyful, with forgiveness supplanting ruination. -- James Wood * The New Yorker *
Subtle, sexy, and reflective . . . There's so much in these stories that's shocking. Yet there's so much solace. -- Dwight Garner * The New York Times *
A dogged, brutally thoughtful piece of work, and gives us a writer of great originality and apparent artistic maturity who seems to have come out of nowhere ... Strange, thrilling, and disarmingly honest. * New York Times Book Review *
Haunting and sharp . . . [reminiscent] of the dark-meets-light style of Lydia Davis or Alice Munro-but it leaves room for zingers, too. Quatro is so good * Elle *
A brilliant new voice in American fiction has arrived. Bright, sharp, startling, utterly distinctive, passionate, and secretive, Jamie Quatro's stories are missives from deep within the landscape of American womanhood. They take you by the heart and throat, shake you awake, and ask you to ponder the mysteries of love, parenthood, and marriage. She has earned a place alongside Amy Hempel, Lydia Davis, and Alice Munro. -- David Means
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 gives 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 The Wilderness and Dear Thief
Jamie Quatro has taken one of the great themes - infidelity - and subjected it to her own exacting and poetic brand of scrutiny. At times painfully honest, always intensely felt, Fire Sermon is a moving and gripping novel of the emotions. -- Rupert Thompson author of Katherine Carlyle

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“A poetic account of being in love...”

Firstly, this is an extraordinary novel. It is not just a story of love, marriage and obsession but it goes beyond that with interesting philosophical and theological aspects.

We read the story of Maggie a committed... More

Hardback edition
1st November 2017
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“Interesting first novel”

I found this a challenging book to read with the changing timelines and discussion of God's love and human love woven together in the narrative of an extra marital affair. At times I thought it was really well... More

Hardback edition
22nd February 2018
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“Intense”

Very well written novel covering love, death and God.
Happily married with children?
It jumps around in time a little - so you need to stay focused but certainly worth the read.
Nothing is ever quite as it appears

Paperback edition
27th February 2018
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