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“Reckoning with imperfect parents—what they owe us and what we owe them—is one of the chief tasks of these essays, which form a kind of pointillistic autobiography. Another is the construction of memories, even imagined, in which understanding and forgiveness trump judgment and hate.”
—Kate Tuttle, Boston Globe

“Small Fires is intelligent and elegant, shocking and saddening, heartfelt and hopeful.”
—Cindy Wolfe Boynton, Minneapolis Star Tribune

“In Small Fires, Julie Marie Wade. . . considers family and memory with a poetic eye and unabashed tongue. With her carefully chosen words and a studied deliberateness, Wade proves unafraid to delve into her past—to skillfully reconstruct the events of her youth, from the horrifying to the sentimental to the self-conscious and beyond. . . . Small Fires is Julie Marie Wade’s story, but the collection opens onto something universal—how we individuate from our family, how we become ourselves, what we carry forward from our pasts and make our own.”
—Sarah Rauch, Lambda Literary

"Julie Marie Wade is an intelligent and nuanced writer in whose competent hands the tired old tale of the broken family is invigorated and renewed. I don’t really care whether this book will be called a memoir, a group of lyric essays, or a bunch of nonfiction prose-poems. Whatever it’s called, it is exquisitely made and cuts right to the heart."
—Rebecca Brown

About the Author

Julie Marie Wade is the author of Wishbone: A Memoir in Fractures (Colgate University Press, 2010) and the poetry collections Without (Finishing Line Press, 2010) and Postage Due (White Pine Press, 2013). She has received the Chicago Literary Award in Poetry (2004), the Gulf Coast Nonfiction Prize (2004), the Arts & Letters Nonfiction Prize (2010), and an Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council (2010). Wade has a Master of Arts in English at Western Washington University and a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry at the University of Pittsburgh and lives with her partner Angie and their two cats in the Bluegrass State, where she is a doctoral student and graduate teaching fellow in the Humanities department at the University of Louisville.
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  • Series: Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature
  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Sarabande Books (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936747022
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936747023
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,815,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Seattle in 1979, Julie Marie Wade completed a Master of Arts in English at Western Washington University in 2003, a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry at the University of Pittsburgh in 2006, and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities at the University of Louisville in 2012. She has received the Chicago Literary Award in Poetry, the Gulf Coast Nonfiction Prize, the Oscar Wilde Poetry Prize, the Literal Latte Nonfiction Award, the AWP Intro Journals Award, the American Literary Review Nonfiction Prize, the Arts & Letters Nonfiction Prize, the Thomas J. Hruska Nonfiction Prize, and grants from the Kentucky Arts Council and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. Wade is the author WISHBONE: A MEMOIR IN FRACTURES (Colgate University Press, 2010; Bywater Books, 2014), winner of the Colgate University Press Nonfiction Book Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Memoir; WITHOUT: POEMS (Finishing Line Press, 2010), selected for the New Women's Voices Chapbook Series; SMALL FIRES: ESSAYS (Sarabande Books, 2011), selected for the Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Memoir; POSTAGE DUE: POEMS & PROSE POEMS (White Pine Press, 2013), winner of the Marie Alexander Poetry Series; TREMOLO: AN ESSAY (Bloom Books, 2013), winner of the Bloom Nonfiction Chapbook Prize and available from the Bloom Bookstore (http://bloomliteraryjournal.org/shop/tremolo/); and WHEN I WAS STRAIGHT: POEMS (A Midsummer Night's Press, 2014). Wade is a member of the creative writing faculty at Florida International University in Miami.

Learn more at www.juliemariewade.net.

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Julie Wade has the unique ability to write literary essays of the highest quality while also maintaining a balance of seriousness and playfulness that hook the reader. "Small Fires" is a journey of emotional transformation. At times you will laugh-out-loud and at others be moved to tears. But the essays are also a cathartic journey as Wade has the courage to explore nuances that so often go unspoken. After having read Wade's first memoir--"Wishbone: A Memoir in Fractures"--my high expectations were sustained. I am increasingly awed at Wade's ability to mix sophistication at some points (Kant's `categorical imperative') and mundane joys (such as scattering flower petals) at others. "Small Fires" generates boldness and empathy as you travel from childhood to the world of the adult in an exceptionally beautiful prose.
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If possible, memoirist and celebrated poet, Julie Marie Wade's second published work - Small Fires - is even more compelling that her first, Wishbone: A Memoir in Fractures - which won the 2011 Lambda Literary Award for lesbian biography and memoir! Or perhaps it's not that it's more compelling - perhaps it's that it gives the avid reader what she hungers for: more subtle yet profound prose from Julie Marie Wade. In either case, it's an addictive read...and like all addictions, it at once satisfies and leaves the addict in psychic pain...hurting for more. Will we ever get enough of this alternately humorous and tragic string of memories? Hopefully not.
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