The Secrets of A Fire King

The Secrets of A Fire King

Stories

Large Print - 2007 | Large print edition, unabridged.
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The characters in these stories are often separated from the mainstream - a juggler and a trapeze artist, a daughter whose mother is a public evangelist waging a wear against sin, a cleaning woman whose life is inexplicably tied to Marie Curie's. The stories they inhabit transcend the barriers of time to explore the universally driving force of our experience: the magnitude of human love. In "Spring, Mountain, Sea" a young American brings his Korean bride home after serving in the war, and finds himself isolated from both his own culture and the culture of his new family. In "Gold" a Malaysian rubber tapper becomes obsessed with the possibility of becoming as wealthy as the foreign landowners who visit his village, and in his quest for gold nearly destroys the enduring relationships that have shaped his life. In the title story, the narrator - a fire-eater in a circus - shows a careless disregard for a boy who comes to learn his trade and as a consequence brings about his own downfall. Taking us to exotic and remote places in America, Europe, and Asia, "The Secrets of a Fire King" is at once magical and profound, marking the extraordinary debut of a new voice in American fiction.
Publisher: Detroit, Mich. : Gale Cengage Learning ; Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing, 2007.
Edition: Large print edition, unabridged.
Copyright Date: ©1997
ISBN: 9781597226004
1597226009
Branch Call Number: Large Print EDW
Characteristics: 463 pages (large print) ;,21 cm

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