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Acclaimed author Alan Cheuse, National Public Radio's longtime "voice of books," is the author of five novels, four collections of short fiction, the memoir Fall Out of Heaven, and A Trance After Breakfast, a collection of travel essays. His latest book is An Authentic Captain Marvel Ring & Other Stories. As a book commentator, Cheuse is a regular contributor to National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." His short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, The Antioch Review, Prairie Schooner, New Letters, The Idaho Review, and The Southern Review, among other places. He teaches in the Writing Program at George Mason University and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.

The narrative brims with keen insight.

—Publisher's Weekly on To Catch the Lightning

"With intelligence and wit, Alan Cheuse takes us through the searing, tragic, heart-breaking and hilarious business of being alive. The two novellas that make up The Fires—one of sorrow and one of radiance—are filled with characters trying to maneuver that space between creation and destruction. Some come to ashes and some find forgiveness—even for themselves. Through it all, Cheuse never betrays the dignity or humanity of his characters. His brilliant creations are in good hands right to the end, as are we."

—Ana Menendez ( author of Loving Che and In Cuba I was a German Shepherd)

"[Cheuse]reminds us how close art and chaos really are."

—The New York Times Book Review