The Secrets of a Fire King

The Secrets of a Fire King


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Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143112303
  • 272 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


The first story collection from the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Memory Keeper’s Daughter

With The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, Kim Edwards touched hearts across the nation. In this, her first collection of stories-now with three new stories added-she explores the lives of those who exist on the fringes of society: a fire-eater, an American and his Korean war bride, Madame Curie’s maid, and others. Though their tales vary dramatically, each comes up against the barriers of place and circumstance in the most universal of experiences: the quest to discover and understand the elusive mysteries of love. Transporting readers to exotic locations, this beautiful collection reinforces Edwards’s presence as an extraordinarily gifted writer.
The Secrets of a Fire King

The Secrets of a Fire King

Written by: Kim Edwards


“Impeccable, a treasure . . . Edwards’s brilliance is evident in the way she constructs a story.”
-Chicago Tribune

“Stunning . . . [Edwards’s] sinuous prose and endless empathy work their spell. . . . Radiant, original, and passionate, these are memorable stories.”
-Andrea Barrett, author of Ship Fever

The Secrets of a Fire King gives eloquence to an astonishing range of discoveries and leaves the reader entranced.”
-The New York Times Book Review

“Beautifully focused … [Edwards’s] tales read like the work of a wise traveler who returns home with uncommon souvenirs from other lands.”
-Publishers Weekly

“Striking … powerful.”
-The Boston Globe

Table of Contents

The Secrets of a Fire KingThe Great Chain of Being
Spring, Mountain, Sea
A Gleaming in the Darkness
The Way It Felt to Be Falling
The Invitation
Aristotle’s Lantern
The Secrets of a Fire King
Sky Juice
In the Garden
Rat Stories
The Story of My Life