SMALL, BURNING THINGS by Cathy Ulrich
To Be Released on July 11, 2023!
SMALL, BURNING THINGS is the second short story collection by Cathy Ulrich, the award-winning author of GHOSTS OF YOU, and is another searing, full-length book of her signature lyrical and fierce flash fiction. Ulrich is a writer with a fresh and singular voice whose stories are sharply cut like brilliant diamonds, each one perfectly shaped by pressure, heat, and light. Where there's smoke, there's flames.
“Cathy Ulrich is a flash fiction powerhouse, and in her new collection, SMALL BURNING THINGS, her command of the form is on full display. Her prose will burn right through you with its intensity, then fix you again with its delicate precision. You will be devastated, illuminated, and heartbroken—and you will love every minute of it.” – Ruth Joffre, author of NIGHT BEAST
“With her book GHOSTS OF YOU, Cathy Ulrich immediately became one of my favorite flash fiction writers, and SMALL, BURNING THINGS is every bit as audacious—shimmers with just as much strangeness and humor and melancholy—as that amazing debut. Ulrich is a master of the art of compression, finding entire tiny worlds in purses and playgrounds, French films and burning houses, teenage girls and yo-yo champions, axe murderers and giraffes. You can feel every sentence she writes being squeezed down to its perfect essence.” – Kevin Brockmeier, author of THE GHOST VARIATIONS and THE BRIEF HISTORY OF THE DEAD
“‘After the magician cuts his assistant in two, he runs off with her bottom half.’ The opening lines in Cathy Ulrich’s new story collection serve as magic wardrobes and trapdoors, plummeting her readers into enticing, twisted story-worlds where girls disappear, fall from the sky, ignite into flames, crash through ice, and leave dirty, elusive footprints in their wake. Menacing, fanciful, and bizarre, SMALL, BURNING THINGS is a dazzling book by one of our most gifted and original writers working today.” – Kim Magowan, author of HOW FAR I'VE COME and THE LIGHT SOURCE