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Riverhead Books
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5.8 X 8.9 X 1.2 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Amy Jo Burns is the author of the memoir Cinderland. Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review Daily, Tin House, Ploughshares, Gay Magazine, Electric Literature, Literary Hub, and The Paris Review Daily, and the anthology Not That Bad.


"A compelling fever-dream of a novel crafted out of moonshine and jagged miracles, Shiner is simply perfect. I loved every moment spent in the world Amy Jo Burns so thoroughly evokes; I already know I will return to it again and again. Do not miss this exceptional debut." - Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times-bestselling author of Never Have I Ever

"In spare yet lyrical prose, Amy Jo Burns brings to life a brutal landscape and its dangerous, alluring inhabitants. A haunting glimpse into a strange, mystical world with its own laws and customs, filled with fiercely independent people, this novel combines a memoir-like intimacy with the mythic power of a fable. Burns is a writer to be watched." -Christina Baker Kline, #1 NYT bestselling author of Orphan Train and A Piece of the World

"Amy Jo Burns writes masterful sentences changed with all the beauty and rage and struggle of her characters. From the first paragraph to the last, Burns builds a vibrant and complex story of myths and miracles and moonshiners, as well as of the women who fight for their lives and their dignity as their future in a culture that all too often strangles all three. Shiner is a gorgeous novel." -Phil Klay, National Book Award-winning author of Redeployment

"Shiner is a lush, gripping novel that explores love, grief, rage, and regeneration in a small Appalachian community. A story that feels both out of time and of its time, I won't forget the haunting mood, place, and characters that Burns brings to life."--Lydia Kiesling, author of The Golden State

"A story as dark and twisty as the Appalachian mountains where it's set, SHINER is riveting and full of wonder. Amy Jo Burns takes us deep into a land both beautiful and treacherous, where men handle snakes and make moonshine, where woman navigate a world that needs their labor but denies their happiness, and where girls like Wren Bird must decide who to be in a place that wants them to be nothing...SHINER is part love story, part mystery, part family drama, and deeply rooted in place and character. I loved it." -Anton DiSclafani, bestselling author of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls and The After Party

"With prose as potent as the moonshine it evokes, Amy Jo Burns shows how ferociously Appalachian history keeps it hold on the present. Beautiful and unsettling, Shiner pulled me in with its first startling scene and wouldn't let go."--Idra Novey, author of Those Who Knew

"Shiner is a book like a thunderstorm: weighty, emotional, romantic, and full of heat. It speaks to the energy and ambition of youth, in a voice unlike any we've seen before. Set in an Appalachian hillside that holds itself so remote it feels like a new civilization, Amy Jo Burns has introduced us to a world we will not soon forget. Her characters seek high truths and make hard choices, and they will linger in my mind for a long time to come." -Adrienne Celt, author of Invitation to a Bonfire

"This gorgeously written, plot-rich novel examines the complex lives of these five beautifully realized characters . . . Being set in Appalachia, it is no surprise that the novel is also about story and its gradual morphing into legend . . . This memorable first novel is exceptional in its power and imagination. It's clearly a must-read."-- Booklist (Starred Review)

"Wren's engaging, convincing voice leads the reader through her strange world. A teenage girl is the strong center of a fever-dream story of hidden pasts." - Kirkus (Starred Review)

"Burns beautifully renders the isolated Appalachian landscape and the urgent desperation of her characters. Burns's stunning prose is reason enough to keep an eye out for this promising writer's next effort." - Publishers Weekly