The Burning Ground (Paperback)
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Paperback 208 Pages / Published: 11/01/2018
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A masterful debut short story collection from the award-winning, critically-acclaimed poet Adam O'Riordan In these eight stories, an English writer focuses his gaze on America's West Coast, moving from fractured lives in remote, sun-scorched towns to the charged hum of Venice Beach. A man visits his long-distance lover in Los Angeles; the foreman of a desert building project embarks on a journey into California's underworld; an artist finds peace in exile after the disintegration of an affair; and itinerant Brits discuss love and acting in downtown LA. Written with an outsider's keen eye, this collection paints an intimate portrait of diverse lives, in a work of remarkable beauty and poignancy.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408864791
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 153 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


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Superbly written ... The stories range in tone from the intimate and modern, to a raw and pulverising slice of classic noir. O'Riordan has the gift of being able to distil whole lives into telling scenes and moments * Mail on Sunday *
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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“Wonderful series of short stories based around the West Coast”

Adam O’riordan may not be a name you have come across before now but he is an award winning poet having won the prestigious Somerset Maugham Award in 2011 for his collection of poems called In the Flesh. A new... More

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