Nothing Left to Burn : A Memoir

Nothing Left to Burn : A Memoir

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Workman Press.
Nothing Left to Burn is a remarkable memoir that looks into the life of a family that has spent years harboring secrets, both dark and volatile. It eloquently tells the story of a son’s relationship with his father, the fire chief and a local hero, and his grandfather, a serial arsonist.

When Jay Varner, fresh out of college, returns home to work for the local newspaper, he knows that he will have to deal with the memories of a childhood haunted by a grandfather who was both menacing and comical and by a father who died too young and who never managed to be the father Jay so desperately needed him to be. In digging into the past, he uncovers layers of secrets, lies, and half-truths. It is only when he finally has the truth in hand that he comes to an understanding of the forces that drove his father, and of the fires that for all his efforts his father could never extinguish.

Baker & Taylor
The author returns to his childhood home and begins to investigate his father's career as a firefighter and his grandfather's history as a serial arsonist.

Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2010
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781565126091
Branch Call Number: 306.8742 VARNE VARNE
Characteristics: 292 pages ; 22 cm


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May 06, 2011

Well written memoir of the relationships among family members with a strange attraction to fire.


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