Prize for the Fire

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University of Oklahoma Press
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6.0 X 9.1 X 1.4 inches | 1.4 pounds

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About the Author
Rilla Askew is a novelist, essayist, and short-story writer known for her award-winning historical fiction. Fire in Beulah, her novel about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, received the American Book Award. Her Dust Bowl novel, Harpsong, received the Oklahoma Book Award, and her essay collection, Most American: Notes from a Wounded Place, was long-listed for a PEN America Literary Award. She is Associate Professor of English at the University of Oklahoma. To learn more about her work, visit
"Society's net gradually and then violently tightens around a woman who desires no more--and no less--than freedom of movement, speech, conscience, and faith. In Rilla Askew's riveting Prize for the Fire, the struggles of this sixteenth-century protagonist echo in contemporary battles over women's voices and bodily autonomy. A deeply sensitive and ambitious act of historical imagination."--Pamela Erens, author of The Virgins and Eleven Hours

"Prize for the Fire is a triumph. Rilla Askew has captured the unquenchable spirit of a singular woman, Anne Askew, as she stands alone against the violent, tumultuous England of Henry VIII's final years. Readers of literary and historical fiction will find that this deeply researched novel and its passionate, elegiac prose will stay with them long after they close the book on Anne's story. Highly recommended."--Mary Anna Evans, author of the Faye Longchamp Mystery series

"With poise and restraint, Rilla Askew's historical novel Prize for the Fire tells the brilliant, multifaceted story of an intelligent, virtuous, and indomitable woman."--Foreword Reviews

"The novel deftly shows the insecurity of the times. It succeeds in taking us inside the head of a religious fanatic, making her credible, sympathetic, and, in a way, inspiring. Highly recommended."-- ReadingWorld with Susan Coventry