Author(s): Kim Edwards
"Impeccable, a treasure . . . Edwards's brilliance is evident in the way she constructs a story." -Chicago Tribune
Showcasing the intensity and perception of a truly gifted writer, this collection of stories by the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Memory Keeper's Daughter transports us to exotic locations as it follows the lives of those on the fringes of society-a fire-eater, an American and his Korean war bride, a juggler and a trapeze artist, a cleaning woman whose life is interwoven with Marie Curie's. Each must confront, in dramatically different ways, the barriers of time, place, and circumstance in that most universal of human experiences: the quest to discover, and understand, the elusive mysteries of love.
The Secrets of a Fire King gives eloquence to an astonishing range of discoveries and leaves the reader entranced The New York Times Book Review Beautifully focused. Edwards' tales read like the work of a wise traveller who returns home with uncommon souvenirs from other lands. Publishers Weekly Impeccable, a treasure. Edwards shows herself to be a fully realised writer. Edwards' brilliance is evident in the way she contstructs a story. Chicago Tribune
Kim Edwards is the author of the multi-million-copy No.1 bestseller, The Memory Keeper's Daughter. She spent 5 years with her husband in Asia where they taught in Malaysia, Japan and Cambodia. During her time in Asia, she began to publish short fiction, and in 1990 her story Sky Juice won the Nelson Algren Award. Her stories and essays have since appeared in a wide range of periodicals, including Ploughshares, Zoetrope, Anteaus, Story, and The Paris Review. They have won many honors, including a National Magazine Award for Excellence in Fiction and a Pushcart Prize, as well as inclusion in The Best American Short Stories. Kim Edwards received a Whiting Writers' Award in 2002 and is currently an assistant professor of English at the University of Kentucky.