Beneath the Bonfire

Beneath the Bonfire

by Nickolas Butler
Short Stories
Thomas Dunne Books
Hardcover, 272 pages
$23.99

This is one of our favorites this year! We were already huge fans of Butler's debut novel, Shotgun Lovesongs, and this new collection of short stories has definitely not disappointed. In the unforgettable opener, “The Chainsaw Soiree,” a cherished recurring winter-solstice party ends up offering complicated betrayals and resentments among a group of friends and lovers. Butler has a profound sense of place setting his stories in rural Wisconsin, but even more so, his connection to the human spirit and experience carries through each and every story. Be sure to join us on June 29th for an exciting author event with Nick and also Benjamin Percy (review below).