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Then We Saw the Flames
Then We Saw the Flames
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In this freewheeling debut collection, Daniel A. Hoyt takes us from the swamps of Florida to the streets of Dresden, to the skies above America, to the tourist hotels of Acapulco, to the southwest corner of Nebraska. Along the way, we encounter a remarkable group of characters all struggling to find their footing in an unsettling world.Sometimes magical, sometimes realistic, sometimes absurd, these stories reveal people teetering on the dangerous edge of their lives. In Amar, a Turkish restaurant owner deals with skinheads and the specter of violence that haunts his family. In Boy, Sea, Boy, a shipwrecked sailor receives a surreal visitor, a version of himself as a child. In The Collection, a father and son squander a trove of bizarre and fanciful objects. And in The Kids, a suburban couple grasp for meaning after discovering children eating from their trash.In each...
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In this freewheeling debut collection, Daniel A. Hoyt takes us from the swamps of Florida to the streets of Dresden, to the skies above America, to the tourist hotels of Acapulco, to the southwest corner of Nebraska. Along the way, we encounter a remarkable group of characters all struggling to find their footing in an unsettling world.
Sometimes magical, sometimes realistic, sometimes absurd, these stories reveal people teetering on the dangerous edge of their lives. In Amar, a Turkish restaurant owner deals with skinheads and the specter of violence that haunts his family. In Boy, Sea, Boy, a shipwrecked sailor receives a surreal visitor, a version of himself as a child. In The Collection, a father and son squander a trove of bizarre and fanciful objects. And in The Kids, a suburban couple grasp for meaning after discovering children eating from their trash.
In each of these stories, characters find themselves challenged by the political, cultural, and spiritual forces that define their lives. With a clear eye and a steady hand, Hoyt explores a fragile balance: the flames fueled by love, loss, hope, and family shed new light on us. Sometimes we feel warmth, and sometimes we simply burn.

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About Daniel

Daniel A. Hoyt's short story collection, Then We Saw the Flames, won the 2008 Juniper Prize for Fiction and was published in May of 2009 by the University of Massachusetts Press. His short stories have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Indiana Review, Meridian, and other...

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