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What Burns Away—Available January 2015

What Burns Away by Melissa Falcon Field - Sourcebooks Book Club


Genre:Contemporary Fiction


Binding: Trade Paper


For Book Clubs Who Loved: He’s Gone, I Couldn’t Love You More, The Lost Daughter

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You’re ready for something that’s deeper than the Mariana Trench. You need a book that will bring tears to your eyes and encourage conversation that will carry on long into the night.

Praise for What Burns Away

“Swiftly paced and utterly engrossing, What Burns Away is the searing portrait of a devoted mother undone by isolation, grief, and her own darkest impulses. Melissa Falcon Field writes with such honesty and empathy, it was impossible not to see myself reflected on the page. A brave, textured, emotionally complex book that haunts me still.” — Jillian Medoff, bestselling author of I Couldn’t Love You More and Hunger Point

About the Book

Upon relocating to snowy Madison with a distant physician husband, New England native Claire Spruce is besieged by a dark past when her first love finds her again. Breaking decades of silence, old flame Dean offers an intoxicating, reckless escape from motherhood’s monotony. Enchanted by his return, while yearning for her own mislaid identity, she agrees to repay a favor that could incinerate her marriage and her child’s well-being. What Burns Away is a story of loyalty, family and the realization that the past is nearly always waiting for us in the future.

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Quick Book Club Food and Beverage Guide

Best Book Club Snacks: Wisconsin cheese curds, bread pudding, clam chowder

Best Wine: Sweet Red; We suggest: Barefoot Red Moscato, Arbor Mist Blackberry Merlot, Elio Perrone Bigaro

Best Beer: Stout beer; We suggest: Marston’s Oyster, Grand Teton Black Cauldron, Port Brewing Company Old Viscosity

Best Coffee: Mocha coffee; We suggest: Starbucks VIA Caffè Mocha, Ghirardelli Mocha Frappe, Donut Shop Coconut Mocha

Best Tea: Green Tea; We suggest: Twinnings Green Tea with Lemon, Adagio Casablanca Twist, Lipton Honey Green Tea

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