Barnes & Noble Spring 2018 Discover Great New Writers pick
January 2018 Indie Next pick
One of Elle Magazine's "Best Books to Read This Winter"
One of Book Riot's "Books to Watch For in 2018"
AVAILABLE JANUARY 9, 2018 FROM GROVE PRESS
“What an absolutely beautiful and moving book. I started reading Fire Sermon and literally was cranky when I couldn’t get back to it. The writing is nothing less than masterful. I’ve always been a HUGE fan of Jamie Quatro but now she’s taking my fandom to another level.” (Jacqueline Woodson, author of Brown Girl Dreaming and Another Brooklyn)
“It would be difficult to overstate the wonder I felt while reading this novel. It’s among the most beautiful books I’ve ever read about longing—for beauty, for sex, for God, for a coherent life. Great writers write with their whole lives, with everything they have seen and thought and felt, with their obsessions and their desires; their books have the density and richness of existence. Jamie Quatro is a such a writer, and Fire Sermon is such a book.” (Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You)
"Fire Sermon moved me deeply, provoked me powerfully, and managed to reach parts of me I hadn't even known were there. It has so much to say about desire and what it means to commit yourself to a life, what it means to desire deeply what might destroy the life you've made for yourself. Quatro’s prose lives in both the mind and body, refusing to recognize any kind of meaningful border between them. This novel stays under the skin. I feel haunted by it, in all the best ways." (Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams)
"This book is bright and dark by turns but always shot through with a vital, unerring grace. Plus it's about love and death, sex and God. What more could a reader want?" (Jenny Offill, author of Dept. of Speculation)
"I devoured this novel. Quatro is a fearless marvel. An exquisite story of female desire, faith, and commitment and one of the most haunting portraits of a marriage I've ever read.” (Lily King, author of Euphoria)
"Fire Sermon is a breathtakingly beautiful novel. The simplicity of the story sits in perfect counterpoint to the complex narrative structure. It is simultaneously visceral and cerebral, precise and expansive, domestic and metaphysical, plain-speaking and poetic. Quatro’s voice is singular, heartbreaking and gorgeous. This is a novel to be treasured." (Monica Ali, author of Brick Lane)
"A stunning first novel about faith and yearning in the crucible of a strained marriage and a brief affair. . . Quatro charts Maggie's tormented grappling with desire and conscience in excruciatingly intimate scenes . . . The lyric cadence of Quatro's writing gets into one's veins as she stealthily transforms the most common of plotlines into a scorching analysis of the 'agony of temptation,' prayer, the relationship between Eros and the divine, and a 'renewed sense of holiness.' Maggie longs for a 'return to a viable literature of faith.' Quatro infuses that tradition with fresh, molten energy." (Donna Seaman, Booklist)