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This moving novel teases us with the question of what Dickens' Pip might have been like if he had grown up in the American South of the 1960s and 1970s and faced the explosive social issues that galvanized the world in those decades: racial injustice, a war abroad, women's and gay rights, class struggle. A guilty encounter with an escaped felon, a summer spent working for an eccentric man with a mysterious past, conflicted erotic feelings for his employer's niece and nephew―these events set the stage for a journey of sexual and moral discovery that takes Newt Seward to New England, Rome, and Paris―all before returning home to confront his life's many expectations and surprises. Furnace Creek effortlessly combines elements of coming-of-age story, novel of erotic discovery, Southern Gothic fiction, and detection-mystery plot. Written with a natural storyteller's gift of imagination, it leaps the frame of Dickens' masterpiece to capture the emotional intensity of characters whose lives will haunt the reader beyond the page.

ISBN-13: 9781915406118

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: Black Spring Press

Publication Date: 02-28-2023

Pages: 438

Product Dimensions: 8.50h x 5.50w x 1.42d

Joseph Allen Boone is the author of three works of non- fiction and the libretto for a musical based on Herman Melville's The Confidence-Man, and a short story collection, Conditions of Precarity, is forthcoming from Eyewear in the near future. Among various writing awards, FURNACE CREEK (Black Springs Press, 2021) was the only novel shortlisted for the 2019 international Beverly Prize. Boone is the recipient of fellowships and residencies from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Humanities Center, Stanford Humanities Center, Rockefeller-Bellagio Center, the Bogliasco Foundation, the American Council for Learned Societies, and the Huntington Library. A resident of Los Angeles, California, Boone is an endowed professor of English at the University of Southern Californi