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  • Title: The Burning House
  • Author: Paul Lisicky
  • ISBN: 9780981968780
  • Page: 442
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Burning House is an achingly lovely novel about the things that bind us together in this life and the things that pull us apart Paul Lisicky has an extraordinary gift for exploring emotional nuance and the rhythms of desire With this book he yet again asserts himself as one of the select writers who continues to teach me about the complexities of the human heart R The Burning House is an achingly lovely novel about the things that bind us together in this life and the things that pull us apart Paul Lisicky has an extraordinary gift for exploring emotional nuance and the rhythms of desire With this book he yet again asserts himself as one of the select writers who continues to teach me about the complexities of the human heart Robert Olen Butler a beautiful and powerful writer Publishers Weekly an extraordinary fiction in that it sustains a believable poetic voice throughout Boston GlobeIn this captivating family saga, narrator Isidore Mirsky finds his close knit family and community suddenly coming apart Facing the illness of family members and the loss of homes in a recession plagued urban town, he also contends with an overwhelming new desire his feelings for his wife s sister The Burning House finds its narrator at his most vulnerable, and explores what it means to be a good man amidst chaos.Paul Lisicky is the author of Lawnboy and Famous Builder Lisicky maintains a highly active schedule with readings and book signings, and connects with his readership through Facebook and his blog He lives in New York City and on the east end of Long Island, and teaches at New York University A collection of short prose pieces, Unbuilt Projects, is forthcoming in 2012.
    The Burning House The Burning House is an achingly lovely novel about the things that bind us together in this life and the things that pull us apart Paul Lisicky has an extraordinary gift for exploring emotional nuanc

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    1. Isidore Mirsky, the narrator of Paul Lisicky s gorgeous novel The Burning House, desperately wants to be a good man He loves his wife He loves where he lives He wants to do good work He wants a purpose He wants to be good The problem is that Isidore doesn t really know who he is any outside of his lusts and fears and indiscretions Indeed, it seems he has lost the ability to function in the moment.Even as he feels his wife, Laura, falling away from him into illness, he also pushes her away out of [...]

    2. Paul Lisicky writes beautiful prose This is the story of Isidore, a delicate loving man who is a bit lost in life He loves his wife but has an affair He also covets his wife s sister He meanders through houses that are being constructed in his town, attends meetings as townspeople try to stop the construction of town homes At times, it s not an easy book to follow the plot is amorphous you are left to read between the lines Isidore doesn t speak about his issues directly, the reader has to work [...]

    3. We read the novel for class and I have to say the narrative was very poetic However, Isidore was a man struggling to do the right thingke not sleeping with his sister in law He seemed like a coward to me from beginning to end.

    4. On the cover of Paul Lisicky s Burning House, Jayne Anne Phillips blurbs, A pitch perfect gem of a novel When I first read that, I wondered how a novel could be a pitch perfect gem Having finished this, I get it Isidore Mirsky, the narrator of the novel, is a man in trouble existential and emotional If only I could talk with such ease when I was genuinely telling the truth Telling the truth, I only sputtered and left spastic lapses in my sentences in some effort to find the right word Then the w [...]

    5. The prose is beautiful to read, with so many brief but startling insights All the intriguing, as the narrator is both aware and supremely unaware of who he is and what is going on in his life He lies to others, but also to himself, and yet I could not help caring about him and seeing him as he wants to be seen, a good man This is the first of Paul Lisicky s books I have ever read, and I intend to read because the work is literature it s not just well written it s beautiful.

    6. I review Paul Lisicky s new novel, The Burning House, in the May 31, 2011, edition of The Boston Globeston ae books articl JoeThe National Book Critics Circle chose my Boston Globe review of Paul Lisicky s novella The Burning House as an exemplary review It s now at Powell s on the Review a Day page.powells review 2011_06_22 Joe

    7. Novella centered on the narrator s lust for his wife s sister and ordinary events in a small town fighting over a housing development and the threats to a home brought on by the narrator s confused desires, yet steadfast decency The writing is interesting and fresh, though the narrator s mental leaps into fantasy and the past were at times confusing even to the narrator, it seemed.

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