Fire Year

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