Jamie Quatro’s debut novel, Fire Sermon, is an Indie Next pick, a B&N Discover Great New Writers pick, and a New York Times Editor’s Choice. Her story collection, I Want To Show You More, was a 2013 New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award and the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Ploughshares, McSweeney's, and elsewhere. A Contributing Editor at Oxford American, Quatro teaches at the Sewanee School of Letters and lives in Lookout Mountain, Georgia.
10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 2
21st Century Southern Fiction
11:15 a.m. to Noon
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Fire Sermon: A Novel
“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.” ― Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You
Maggie is entirely devoted to her husband Thomas, their two beautiful children, and to God―until what begins as a platonic intellectual and spiritual exchange between writer Maggie and poet James transforms into an erotically-charged bond that challenges Maggie’s sense of loyalty and morality, drawing her deeper into the darkness of desire.
A daring debut novel of obsession, lust, and salvation by the highly lauded author of the story collection, I Want To Show You More, Fire Sermon is a tour de force that charts with bold intimacy and immersive sensuality the life of a married woman in the grip of a magnetic affair.
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