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Burn It Down

Burn It Down

By Perry Glasser

In 1967, the Summer of Love, 17-year old 'Buckles' Sinclair runs from her privileged home in Scarsdale to hitchhike to San Francisco, but instead of Flower Power, Peace, and Love she finds herself plunged into the darkest heart of the American nightmare. Her abandoned mother, KJ, rebuilds her identity and life in the company of a “family” of homosexual men—she is Wendy to The Lost Boys of Manhattan.


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276 pages |

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About the author

Perry Glasser has been awarded prizes for his work as in the novel, the novella, short fiction, memoir, and flash fiction. His work has twice been read on National Public Radio and has three times won P.E.N. Syndicated Fiction Awards. He has been a fellow at The Norman Mailer House, Ucross, Yaddo, and a scholar at Bread Loaf. His memoir, “Iowa Black Dirt,” about his being a single parent, was awarded First Prize by The Good Men Foundation, and appears in the Foundation’s anthology. His story, “I-95, Southbound” in 2009 received First Prize in the Gival Press Short Story Award contest. His memoir, “Excelsior” won an award from Memoir (and) in 2010. Perry has been a Contributing Editor of North American Review since 1994.

Perry began his career in 1969, standing before chalkboards in an inner city high school in Brooklyn, NY, a place that was everything you imagine “inner city” means—except that this public school was all girls. He stayed a decade before going for his MFA degree in Fiction Writing at the University of Arizona. He taught until his retirement and has written ever since.