08-17-2007 11:18 AM
Alan Cheuse and The Fires
Acclaimed author Alan Cheuse, National Public Radio's longtime "voice of books," presents The Fires, a new work published by the Santa Fe Writers Project. The Fires is comprised of two novellas—journeys of intimacy and revelation, in which two questing souls travel very different landscapes on their path toward new understandings of love and loss. In "The Fires," Gina Morgan makes a pilgrimage to Uzbekistan to carry out her husband's final wish only to discover that in this former Soviet republic things are not as they used to be. And in "The Exorcism," Tom Swanson retrieves his angry daughter from her exclusive New England college after her expulsion for setting fire to a grand piano. With these novellas, Alan Cheuse demonstrates once more the poetry and range of his literary gifts in these finely-honed portraits of hope and change.
About Alan Cheuse: Alan Cheuse is the author of Lost and Old Rivers, Light Possessed, and Tennessee Waltz and Other Stories. As a book commentator, Cheuse is a regular contributor to National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." His short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, The Antioch Review, Prairie Schooner, New Letters, The Idaho Review, and The Southern Review, among other places. He teaches in the Writing Program at George Mason University and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Publisher's Weekly has praised Cheuse's "impressive command of many voices," and The New York Times Book Review called his work "richly imagined."