A History of Burning


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Grand Central Publishing
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6.0 X 9.1 X 1.5 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author

Janika Oza is the winner of the 2022 O. Henry Prize for Short Fiction, and the 2020 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Award. She has received support from The Millay Colony, Tin House Summer and Winter Workshops, VONA/Voices of Our Nation, and the One Story Summer Writers' Conference, and her stories and essays have appeared in publications such as The Best Small Fictions 2019 Anthology, Catapult, The Adroit Journal, and Prairie Schooner, among others. She lives in Toronto.


"Intimate and epic... A hymn for the ancestors, and the bitter, radiant acts of their survival: this book is a triumph."--Shruti Swamy, author of A House is a Body
"Oza's writing reminds people that vulnerability and openness are the only ways we can save each other. A History of Burning is the art we need now."--Megan Giddings, author of Lakewood
"Ambitious in scope and dazzlingly executed... A tour de force."--Sharon Bala, author of The Boat People
"A History of Burning is that rare epic that manages to retain both its sweep and its intimacy. Janika Oza has written a generational saga vivid and alive with sensory and historical detail, an excavation of stories often left untold. This is a beautiful book, unflinching yet deeply engaged with that most human work, the work of forgiveness."--Omar El Akkad, author of American War
"Vast and intricate, alight with love and contained fury, A History of Burning is a towering debut by a phenomenal writer. A book I want to press into readers' hands and discuss for hours."--Megha Majumdar, New York Times bestselling author of A Burning
"A riveting testament to home, exile, survival, and inheritance. Janika Oza is a writer you won't want to miss."--Lisa Ko, National Book Award finalist for The Leavers
"A History of Burning is as transfixing as a flame. Janike Oza writes strikingly and steadily, with exquisite, incisive detail, about making one's home in imperfect places. This is a book about what it means to be part of a family and lineage, in all its heartbreaking and wondrous complexity."--Rachel Khong, award-winning author of Goodbye, Vitamin
"Remarkable....a haunting, symphonic tale that speaks to the nuanced complexities of class and trauma for this particular family. This demand -- and spirit -- for bolder storytelling that transcends borders and identities certainly can be found in Oza's generous novel."--New York TImes Book Review, Editors Choice
"[A] highly accomplished debut ... the novel blazes fiercely."--The Economist