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About the Author

Paul Lisicky, the author of Etruscan’s The Burning House (2011), is also the author of the novel Lawnboy (Turtle Point Press, 1999; reprinted by Graywolf Press) and the memoir 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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Etruscan Press (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981968783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981968780
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #789,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Lisicky is the author of LAWNBOY, FAMOUS BUILDER, and THE BURNING HOUSE. His work has appeared in TIN HOUSE, FENCE, PLOUGHSHARES, THE IOWA REVIEW, STORY QUARTERLY, GULF COAST, and in many other magazines and anthologies. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, his awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the James Michener/Copernicus Society, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, where he was twice a fellow. He has taught in the writing programs at Cornell University, New York University, Rutgers-Newark, Sarah Lawrence College, the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, and elsewhere. He is currently the New Voices Professor in the MFA Program at Rutgers-Camden. Two books are forthcoming: UNBUILT PROJECTS (Four Way Books, 2012) and THE NARROW DOOR (Graywolf Press, 2014). He divides his time between New York City and Philadelphia. See his blog, MYSTERY BEAST, at http://paullisicky.blogspot.com.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Krista Richards Mann on June 11, 2011
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I had the pleasure of reading Lisicky's, "The Burning House," this week and can't wait to read it again. As I wanted to dawdle on every beautiful sentence but was lured into the story and followed it rather than linger on the elegance of language and poetic timing. On a second reading, I can savor the nuances.

The narrator's voice still echoes in my mind. He notices the intricacies of life while neglecting to organize himself. Lisicky's characters are beautifully struggling with the ordinariness of life. They love accidentally and with purpose as they construct community and family and struggle to connect, disconnect and align feeling and mind. Lyrical and grounded. Wise and ambiguous. Time leaps forward not by minutes but events in this beautiful tale.

I recommend this book highly and am grateful for the hours I spent engaged within the (digital) pages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sean Lynch on April 10, 2015
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The Burning House grabbed me by the shoulders and dug its nails into my flesh. The novel makes unexpected turns, although internally, as the protagonist, a truly flawed character, deals with guilt and issues regarding freedom and middle class morality. And yet I wanted the protagonist to come to terms with his flaws by the end, which he didn't, and I guess that made the story somewhat realistic, even though I wanted more. Lisicky, a graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop, certainly has an innate, even intuitive gift with language, which is not a guarantee when it comes to that kind of pedigree, but it's enhanced by his techniques and methods that are well developed to the point of being advanced. If a less talented writer wrote this novel it would resemble an afternoon Soap Opera. Instead, Lisicky is able to transform the mundane dramas of a re-developing suburb into the surreal and meaningful. This book is worthy of a read.
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