Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down

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William Morrow & Company
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5.3 X 8.0 X 0.9 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Anne Valente's first short-story collection, By Light We Knew Our Names, won the Dzanc Books Short Story Prize. Her fiction appears in One Story, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, and the Chicago Tribune, and her essays appear in The Believer and the Washington Post. Originally from St. Louis, she teaches creative writing and literature at Hamilton College.


"Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down is a beautifully written, lyrical book wrapped up in a compelling mystery with shades of Stephen King. Gripping and profound, a terrific debut."--Kate Hamer, author of The Girl in the Red Coat
"Valente is a sorceress...This is a gorgeous book full of mysteries. It scorches with truth, and sings with hope. Valente writes like all of our lives depend on it."--Diane Cook, author of Man V. Nature
"Haunting...Written in the collective voice...à la Jeffrey Eugenides's The Virgin Suicides, Valente artfully employs...newspaper articles, and biographies of teh victims on the way to an unforgettable ending, with fire serving as a powerfully fitting metaphor for grief, loss...and the nature of fate."--Publishers Weekly
"Valente's beautiful, elegiac novel about a community in mourning, and the unseen forces that unravel and consume us after a tragedy, is a work of heartbreaking timeliness."--J. Ryan Stradal, New York Times bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest
"Breathtaking...Riveting characters...This reader found herself increasingly spellbound by this remarkable and urgent debut novel."--Laura van den Berg, author of Find Me
"Pulsing, eerie, and impossible to put down...In a cultural moment in which mass violence is shockingly prevalent, Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down is that rare gift; a book that is as resonant as it is surprising, as timely as it is soulful."--Chloe Benjamin, author of The Anatomy of Dreams
"Gripping, visceral...I couldn't stop reading--or caring about these characters...There's a tinge of mythic eeriness to this story...but it was the resilient, appealing characters who propelled me through this intense novel, and lingered long after its close."--Sharon Guskin, author of The Forgetting Time
"One of the most compelling novles I've read in years."--Matt Bell, author of Scrapper
"Lyrical, mysterious, and structurally innovative...This is a book we need now more than ever."--Kelly Luce, author of Pull Me Under