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Setting the Lawn on Fire: A Novel
by Mack Friedman
University of Wisconsin Press, 2007
Paper: 978-0-299-21344-2 | eISBN: 978-0-299-21343-5 | Cloth: 978-0-299-21340-4
Library of Congress Classification PS3606.R566S48 2005
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.6

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

Setting the Lawn on Fire, the first novel by critically acclaimed writer Mack Friedman, trails its narrator through his obsessions with sex, drugs, art, and poison. Ivan, a young Jewish boy from Milwaukee, embarks on a journey of sexual discovery that leads him from Wisconsin to Alaska, Philadelphia, and Mexico through stints as a fishery worker, artist, and finally a hustler who learns to provide the blank canvas for other people’s dreams. The result is a new kind of coming-of-age story that sees passion from every angle because its protagonist is every kind of lover: the seducer and the seduced, the pornographer and the model, the hunter and the prey, the trick and the john. In the end, Setting the Lawn on Fire is also something rare—a fully realized, contemporary romance that illuminates the power of desire and the rituals of the body, the brain, and the heart that attempt to contain our passions.



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