Synopses & Reviews
In The Ash Burner, a sensitive, poignant novel about growing up, running away, and the many guises of love, 12-year-old Ted lives with his father, the local magistrate, in the small coastal town of Lion’s Head. All Ted knows about his mother is that she died when he was a boy, and that his father—despite moving halfway across the world to start anew—still grieves for her privately. When he is hospitalized after a swimming accident, Ted meets Anthony and Claire, and is immediately captivated by the older pair. Intelligent and perspicacious, they introduce him to poetry and art, and he feels a sense of belonging at last. But as the trio’s friendship intensifies over the years, Ted must learn to negotiate the boundaries of love and come to terms with a legacy of secrets and silence.
About the Author
Kári Gíslason is a memoirist, a travel writer, and a creative writing teacher. He has taught English literature and writing at the University of Iceland, the University of Queensland, and Bond University and currently lectures in creative writing and literary studies at Queensland University of Technology. He is the author of The Promise of Iceland.