Hide Island
Fiction - Folklore
5.5 x 8.5, 248 pp.
Pub Date: 10/01/2013
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Hide Island

Richard Burgin

In Hide Island, his sixteenth book and eighth collection of stories, Richard Burgin explores themes of love and crime, memory and identity, abuse and redemption, and the contradictory battle between our fierce struggle to live lives worth remembering and our desire to disentangle ourselves from a past we wish to forget.

The stories involve an extraordinarily variegated group of characters—ranging from doctors and drug dealers, prostitutes and businessmen, to writers and domestic workers. Hide Island gives voice to the profoundly tormented as well as those who seek and find enlightenment, justifying Joyce Carol Oates’ praise in Newsweek’s The Daily Beast that “What Edgar Allan Poe did for the psychotic soul, Richard Burgin does for the deeply neurotic who pass among us disguised as so seemingly ‘normal’ we may mistake them for ourselves.” And why the Boston Globe concluded that “Burgin’s tales capture the strangeness of a world that is simultaneously frightening and reassuring, and in the contemporary American short story nothing quite resembles his singular voice.”

RICHARD BURGIN’S stories have won five Pushcart Prizes and been  reprinted in numerous anthologies. A resident of St. Louis, Missouri, he is the author of sixteen books, including two novels, Rivers Last Longer and Ghost Quartet, eight collections of short fiction, as well as the interview books Conversations with Jorge Louis Borges and Conversations with Isaac Bashevis Singer.


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