Brent Runyon

in The United States
January 01, 1977



Brent Runyon was 14 years old when he set himself on fire. His first book, The Burn Journals, is a memoir of his suicide survival. He is a contributor to public radio's This American Life, and lives on Cape Cod, where he works as a newspaper reporter. His third book, Surface Tension: A Novel in Four Summers, written with longtime collaborator Christina Egloff, is in bookstores now.

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The Burn Journals

3.85 avg rating — 7,041 ratings — published 2004 — 21 editions
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3.29 avg rating — 615 ratings — published 2006 — 10 editions
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3.36 avg rating — 274 ratings — published 2009 — 2 editions
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“The only problem with seeing people you know is that they know you.”
Brent Runyon, The Burn Journals

“You're all trying to figure out what went wrong inside my head. Fucking idiots. You'll never crack the code that's inside my head. You'll never get into my castle. You'll never even get past the gate.”
Brent Runyon

“Before everything, I used to do this thing when I was upset-I used to take all my feelings and push them down inside me. It was like they were garbage and I was compacting it to get more in. I felt like I could keep pushing all my feelings down into my socks and I wouldn't have to worry about them. I don't think I do that anymore.”
Brent Runyon, The Burn Journals



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