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A World Made of Fire

Childress, Mark

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ISBN 10: 0394536347 / ISBN 13: 9780394536347
Published by Random House Inc, Westminster, Maryland, U.S.A., 1984
Condition: Very Good Plus Hardcover
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Title: A World Made of Fire

Publisher: Random House Inc, Westminster, Maryland, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1984

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good Plus

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good Plus

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition

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Set in Alabama at the turn of the century, this novel tells the story of Callie Bates, her oft estranged preacher-husband, and her adoring children, one of which is believed to possess magical powers

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"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 is set in rural Alabama in the decades before World War I . . . Childress has created a wholly believable world. The landscapes are forceful and the characters deeply felt. . . . 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."

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