Furnace Creek

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Eyewear Publishing
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6.14 X 9.21 X 1.13 inches | 1.83 pounds
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About the Author
Joseph Allen Boone is the author of three works of non- fiction and the libretto for a musical based on Herman Melville's The Confidence-Man, and a short story collection, Conditions of Precarity, is forthcoming from Eyewear in the near future. Among various writing awards, FURNACE CREEK (Black Springs Press, 2021) was the only novel shortlisted for the 2019 international Beverly Prize. Boone is the recipient of fellowships and residencies from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Humanities Center, Stanford Humanities Center, Rockefeller-Bellagio Center, the Bogliasco Foundation, the American Council for Learned Societies, and the Huntington Library. A resident of Los Angeles, California, Boone is an endowed professor of English at the University of Southern Californi
"Stretching from the American South to the Ivy League and the dream of Rome and Paris, Furnace Creek is a sweeping, Gothic tale of sex, race, and a young man's education. I was totally entertained and, most of all, seduced."--Viet Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize for The Sympathizer
"A funny, moving, and true rendition of everybody's story: surviving our childhoods, which can be uniquely challenging if you're Southern, and queer. Boone is a natural novelist, and Furnace Creek is a genuine accomplishment."--Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer Prize for The Hours
"Furnace Creek has everything brilliant novels have: characters we love, a story that touches the reader deeply, and a haunting quality that reaches beyond the pages, informing our current lives. It is also wickedly funny, that rare novel full of charming humor and sharp cultural commentary at every turn."--Dana Johnson, Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and author of Elsewhere, California
With lyric beauty, welcome frankness, and rare emotional urgency, Boone reimagines Dickens's Great Expectations in the American South, in the tumultuous 1960s, with a queer perspective and countless new and illuminating approaches. Boone's . . . innovations are always true to the realities of class, race, and sexuality of its milieu.-- "Publishers Weekly"
"A playful reimagining of Dickens, a tautly plotted thriller, a beautifully observed coming of age story: Furnace Creek is a novel that is as hard to categorize as it is to put down. It seizes you in the opening chapters and refuses to let you go."--Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Booker Prize Judge and author of Becoming Dickens
"Joseph Boone has written a page-turning novel, a spirited American retelling of an English classic. The American South is our own Dickensian England, and Boone brings both worlds vividly alive with his ebullient prose. A joyously ambitious debut!"--Marianne Wiggins, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award nominee for Evidence of Things Unseen
Boone's prose is lyrical and inventive, merging Dickensian wit and texture with a dash of Southern gothic. Just the sort of novel with which bibliophiles will be happy to linger. A queer bildungsroman in a classic, stylish package.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
The love of literature hinges not just on beautiful writing but an awareness that the stories of the past have a lot to teach us about the present. By transporting Dickens into our era, Boone demonstrates just that.--Lewis DeSimone "The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide"
No single review could possibly encompass the abundance of lives and life underway in Furnace Creek--nor should anyone wish it to. That's why we read books like this one: to get happily lost in their capacious, prodigious pages. It's a satisfyingly substantial libation built upon a potent spirit.--Greg Bills, author of Consider This Home and Fearful Symmetry