The Burning House, Paul Lisicky
Paul Lisicky, the author of Etruscan’s The Burning House (2011), is the author of Lawnboy (Turtle Point Press, 1999) and Famous Builder (Graywolf Press, 2002). His work has appeared in The Iowa Review, StoryQuarterly, Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, Hotel Amerika, Prairie Schooner, and has been widely anthologized. His awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the James Michener/Copernicus Society, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He has taught in the graduate writing programs at Cornell University, Rutgers-Newark, Sarah Lawrence College, and Antioch University Los Angeles. He currently teaches at NYU. He lives in New York City and Springs, New York.
Find out more about Paul and how you can interact with him on his author page.
“Paul Lisicky’s The Burning House smolders with muscular, beautiful language, and shines with love for two sisters as each blossoms darkly into her own future. Lisicky’s odd man out finds his way deeply inside the reader’s desires and hopes. The answer to the question, ‘what do (good) men want?’ may well be answered in this elliptical, pitch-perfect gem of a novel.” -Jayne Anne Phillips
“As it unfolds, The Burning House of Paul Lisicky’s unsettling novel becomes a metaphor for both the mind and the body of a narrator who doesn’t quite know how lost he is, or can’t admit it, as he skids along, spreading damage and love in equal measure, so filled with desire it nearly consumes him.” -Nick Flynn
When Isidore Mirsky’s sister-in-law, Joan, loses her apartment, she moves in. Mirsky’s world is already in flux – his job lost, his bayside town under siege by developers – and now he must struggle with his bewildering attraction to Joan, who evokes for him all the qualities that once drew him to his wife. How can a warm, unpredictable man remain true to himself and to the woman he loves? Desire, and the renewal it brings, might just be the thing that causes damage. Outrageous, tender, and alive with the sound of Isidore’s voice, The Burning House captures a man at his most vulnerable moment, on the brink of something new.
Publication date: May 2011
Hear Paul read from the first chapter.
Check out an interview with Paul Lisicky in Philadelphia Stories
The Burning House is a book to look forward to this spring:
“10 Anticipated Books of 2011″ by Dzanc Books
“Books to Look Forward to in 2011″ by Michele Filgate
“23 Highly Anticipated Books of 2011″ Lambda Literary Foundation