Above the Fire


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$25.99  $24.17
Blackstone Publishing
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5.7 X 8.5 X 1.1 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Michael O'Donnell is the author of the novel Above the Fire. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and other publications. He has been a member of the National Book Critics Circle since 2005. An attorney by profession, he lives in the Chicago area, where he practices law. He earned his bachelor's degree with distinction from Indiana University and his law degree magna cum laude from Boston College.


"A prescient, timely novel of sacrifice and consequence, O'Donnell's debut soars as a modern survival tale full of timeless, biting prose. Fireside reading with a pulse, Above the Fire commands attention and satiates the appetite for a unique plot that honors a classic dilemma. A triumph."

-- "Ross Ritchell, author of The Knife"

"Above the Fire is a quiet, thrilling, profound book. Set against the backdrop of catastrophe, it is a meditation on fatherhood, love, resilience, and loss. I cannot recommend it highly enough."

-- "Jon Fasman, author of The Geographer's Library and The Unpossessed City"

"Above the Fire is a timely and tense novel about a loving father forced to prepare his son for a cold and uncertain world. With his terrific debut, O'Donnell invents the counterpart to the 'summer beach read'--call it the 'winter cabin fever read'--and his careful prose thrusts the reader into a worst-case scenario where every choice could mean life or death."

-- "Kevin Guilfoile, screenwriter and author of Cast of Shadows and The Thousand"

"At once fierce and touching, Above the Fire is a powerful story of parenthood and grief, nature and civilization, and the raw essentials of life."

-- "A. D. Miller, Booker Prize-shortlisted author of Snowdrops"

"A terse, well-paced story that effectively blends the elements of a classic nature adventure tale with a touching portrait of the loving relationship between a parent and child."

-- "Shelf Awareness"

"An utterly gripping debut novel about humans surmounting threats both external and emotional."

-- "Booklist (starred review)"