Fire Year
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The 2012 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction

“By the resounding conclusion of the final story, you will be wide-awake to the rigors and the dangers of belief; the vertigo of losing it; and the holy terror of laughing. Candid, cunning, brave, and wickedly funny—Fire Year will make you remember the first time you read Philip Roth. Here you’ll find love, lust, religious tradition, the new South, the transcendent promise of faith, the liberating hope of sexual awakening; Friedman twists them all into stories as true to our goofy joys as to our deepest intuitions.”

Salvatore Scibona, National Book Award-nominated author, The End

Events, Readings & Appearances

  • Seersucker Live Reading
    April 19, 2014, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Location: Gallery Espresso, Bull Street, Savannah, GA, United States
    Description: Anyone who's ever been to one of my readings knows that a boozy reading series is the perfect venue for me. Not to mention a boozy reading series in my hometown. Also fitting, the Gallery is where I spend a big chunk of my daylight hours when I'm in town, drinking coffee and agonizing over my laptop--i.e., writing. Looking forward to seeing old friends and new there on the 19th.

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  • Lambda Awards Finalist Reading San Francisco
    May 1, 2014, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    Location: San Francisco Public Library, Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA, United States
    Description: I'm honored to read in San Francisco with a few of my fellow Lambda Award finalists: Randall Mann, Jean Ryan, Laura Antoniou, Deborah Ross, Ali Liebegott, Ronald Palmer, and Joyce Thompson.

    5:30 pm Reception
    6:00 pm Reading
    Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room A & B
    San Francisco Public Library

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  • Lambda Awards Finalist Reading Seattle
    May 9, 2014, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Location: The Elliott Bay Book Company, 10th Avenue, Seattle, WA, United States
    Description: Come join me in Seattle to read with a few of my fellow Lambda Award finalists: Mattilda B. Sycamore, Nicola Griffith, Chavisa Woods, and Evan Peterson.

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