(From the publisher):
The characters in these stories are often separated from the mainstream—a juggler and a trapeze artist, a daughter whose mother is a public evangelist waging a wear against sin, a cleaning woman whose life is inexplicably tied to Marie Curie's. The stories they inhabit transcend the barriers of time to explore the universally driving force of our experience: the magnitude of human love.
In "Spring, Mountain, Sea" a young American brings his Korean bride home after serving in the war, and finds himself isolated from both his own culture and the culture of his new family. In "Gold" a Malaysian rubber tapper becomes obsessed with the possibility of becoming as wealthy as the foreign landowners who visit his village, and in his quest for gold nearly destroys the enduring relationships that have shaped his life. In the title story, the narrator—a fire-eater in a circus—shows a careless disregard for a boy who comes to learn his trade and as a consequence brings about his own downfall.
- The Great Chain of Being
- Spring, Mountain, Sea
- A Gleaming in the Darkness
- The Way It Felt to Be Falling
- The Invitation
- The Secrets of a Fire King
- Sky Juice
- Rat Stories
- The Story of My Life
Original title: The Secrets of a Fire King
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction
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