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The Secrets of a Fire King

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  1,829 Ratings  ·  320 Reviews
The first story collection from the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Memory Keeper's Daughter.
ebook, 272 pages
Published May 29th 2007 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published 1997)
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Aug 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Teresa by: Tara
I can't remember when I first heard that a story should engage the reader in a 'suspension of disbelief,' and I can't remember the last time I read a collection of stories that fits this idea so well -- not because unusual things happen, but because the writing drew me in so fully that the experience of reading it felt dream-like. Each story is a fully-realized world unto itself, a perfect little capsule.

One story nailed so well for me how it felt to be a teenager in the 70's that I wasn't surpr
K.D. Absolutely
Sep 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Teresa Brader
Fourteen unforgettable stories of strong female characters. Flawless storytelling.

My first time to read a book by Kim Edwards. I did not read her The Memory Keeper's Daughter. The reason why I bought and read this book was the multiple recommendations I got from my friends, Teresa, Tara, and Joan Winnek who all rated this book with 5 stars.

That was in 2011. I actually bought this that year and read the first story, The Great Chain of Being. I thought it was good although a bit old-fashioned. It
Jul 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those special surprises I found in a remainder bin, of all places. This will go down as another "best of" story collection for me. I went and looked at other reviews and was shocked at the low ratings it got. I can only imagine that the readers who read her more popular fiction in The Memory Keeper's Daughter were lost within her more literary stories. I did not read MKD, so can't comment, but that's the only reason that can account for the angry one stars.

Edwards is extremely ade
Bhargavi Balachandran
A beautifully written book! Kim is a master at weaving strange ,unsettling tales alive with emotions.Most of the protagonists are women. The first few stories seemed similar, with common themes of death, redemption and loneliness. But as I read on , I felt that that stories kept getting better and better. A thin chord of melancholy runs through the stories ,but Kim's prowess with words helps one brush away the sadness in the stories and plough right on. I haven't read a better collection of stor ...more
I wanted to like this book. But I really didn't. I picked it up because I had read The Memory Keeper's Daughter and wanted to read something else by the same author. The first few stories in the collection were okay, not great, but then I started to notice a pattern in the author's writing: the men were all villains and the women were all victims, which is not a flattering portrayal for either sex. I read about half of the stories and then finally gave up.
May 02, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meus, livros-2010, _d_
Este é o tal livro que vinha no pack dos “Segredos de Família” que li anteriormente.

É um livro com 14 contos, sobre pessoas comuns em diversas partes do mundo, sobre diversos temas comuns. No entanto, o livro não me conseguiu agarrar e excluindo um ou outro conto que consegui gostar, ler a grande maioria deles foi algo que não me deu prazer.
Foi uma leitura algo custosa que nem sei o que dizer sobre o livro =(
Jenny (Reading Envy)
This was mentioned somewhere and I had to request it interlibrary loan to read it, since it is out of print. The stories were original. My favorite was The Invitation, about a woman living in a foreign country for 30 years and still living as an outsider.
Joan Winnek
Aug 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of short stories
Recommended to Joan by: Teresa
This is one of the best short story collections I have ever read. Many thanks to Teresa for her excellent review.
Sep 24, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

While this isn't the highest rating, this book was hard to rate, because it is a collection of short stories. My two favorites were "The Way it Felt to be Falling" and "The Story of my Life"

I really loved Kim Edward's writing style, so I am excited to read more of her books in the future. The rating of this book was brought down by the stories that I didn't enjoy. A lot of them were very boring, or confusing to me. My Least favorites were "Gold", "Aristotle's Lantern", and the first one which
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Kim Edwards grew up in Skaneateles, New York, in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. The oldest of four children, she graduated from Colgate University and the University of Iowa, where she received an MFA in Fiction and an MA in Linguistics. After completing her graduate work, she went with her husband to Asia, where they spent the next five years teaching, first on the rural east coast of Mala ...more
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