Nothing Left to Burn

Nothing Left to Burn

A Memoir

eBook - 2010
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"At its core, the book is about the way we spend half our lives trying to understand the people who brought us into this world . . . [Varner's] writing is reporterly with lovely lyrical flourishes." --Time Out Chicago
Nothing Left to Burn is a remarkable memoir that looks into the life of a family that has spent years harboring secrets, both dark and volatile. It eloquently tells the story of a son's relationship with his father, the fire chief and a local hero, and his grandfather, a serial arsonist. When Jay Varner, fresh out of college, returns home to work for the local newspaper, he knows that he will have to deal with the memories of a childhood haunted by a grandfather who was both menacing and comical and by a father who died too young and who never managed to be the father Jay so desperately needed him to be. In digging into the past, he uncovers layers of secrets, lies, and half-truths. It is only when he finally has the truth in hand that he comes to an understanding of the forces that drove his father, and of the fires that for all his efforts his father could never extinguish.
Publisher: [New York] : Algonquin Books, 2010
ISBN: 9781616200299
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource (304 pages)
Call Number: eBook

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Brian_Shaw
May 06, 2011

Well written memoir of the relationships among family members with a strange attraction to fire.

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