Synopses & Reviews
“Content Burns” chronicles the parallel stories of two women from the same family who bear the same Puritan name, Content Burns, and who are separated by three centuries: One born a Pequot Indian, originally named Ásawanuw (Corn-silk), who converts and marries into the English Burns family in 1637, and one, nicknamed Cabbi, in modern-day New York. They are unknown to each other yet both women must learn how to survive an historical trauma that changed the course of American history, and their lives: the massacre of the Pequot tribe in 1637 and the loss of the Twin Towers on 9/11.
“Content Burns” follows two women of the same Puritan name, from the same family, separated by three centuries, both of whom must learn to survive historical trauma: the massacre of the Pequot tribe in 1637 and the loss of the Twin Towers on 9/11.
About the Author
Stephanie A. Smith is the author of “Warpaint” (Thames River Press, 2012), the first novel in a trilogy, followed by “Baby Rocket” (June 2013) and “Content Burns” (February 2014). She is also the author of “Household Words” (Minnesota, 2006), “Conceived by Liberty” (Cornell, 1995), “Other Nature” (Macmillan, 1995), “Snow-Eyes” and “The-Boy-Who-Was-Thrown-Away” (Atheneum, 1985, 1987). www.stephanieasmith.net
Table of Contents
One: Part I – CABBI. Incarnate (1968, Long Island, Halloween); Part II – ÁSAWANUW. Plenty (Fort Saybrook, Connecticut, October, 1635); Two: Part I – CABBI. The Last Supper (Long Island, Thanksgiving, 1969); Part II – ÁSAWANUW. A First Supper (Connecticut, October 12, 1637); Three: Part I – CABBI. Any Good Thing (Long Island, Christmas, 1968); Part II – ÁSAWANUW (Mistress Content Burns) Kinsmen (Pequot Plantation, 1651); Four; Part I – CABBI. A Moveable Feast (Easter Sunday, April 6, Long Island, 1969); Part II – ÁSAWANUW (Mistress Content Burns) Return (Pequot Plantation, Spring, 1652); Five: Part I – CABBI. The Potato Salad Fiasco (July 4, Long Island, 1976); Part II – ÁSAWANUW (Mistress Content Burns) Climate Changes (Pequot Plantation, July 19, 1669); Six: Part I – CABBI. 9/11 (New York City, Sept. 11, 2001); Part II: ÁSAWANUW (Mistress Content Burns) War (Pequot Plantation, Sept. 11, 1669); Seven: Part I – CABBI. Mystic (Connecticut, October, 2011); Part II – ÁSAWANUW (Mistress Content Burns) Alliances (Pequot Plantation, Late October, 1675); Eight: Part I – CABBI. That Man? (Martha’s Vineyard, Thanksgiving, 2012); Part II – ÁSAWANUW (Mistress Content Burns) The Disease of Astonishment (Noëpe, 1689); Afterword