Tina Egnoski is a fiction writer and a poet. She's the author of the novel Burn Down This World and the short fiction collection You Can Tell Me Anything. She received the 2010 Clay Reynolds Prize for her novella In the Time of the Feast of Flowers. She's also published two chapbooks: This Invisible Beauty and Perishables. Her work has been published in a number of literary journals, including Cimarron Review, Flying South Magazine, Saw Palm Journal and The Masters Review. She earned an MFA from Emerson College and has received literature fellowships from the Rhode Island Council on the Arts and the Colorado Council on Arts and Humanities. A native of Florida, she currently lives in New England.
Burn Down This World
Celeste Leahy feels stuck in midlife: working a dead-end job, co-parenting a teenage son, and caring for a mother with dementia. When her estranged brother appears on her doorstep intent on reconnecting, she's forced to examine her choices. Reid, now a famous poet, has built his life and career, Celeste believes, at her expense. The heart of their rift goes back decades, to a violent act that took place while they were college students protesting the Vietnam War.
Now, as Reid insinuates himself into her day-to-day, Celeste must make peace not only with her brother, but also with her younger self, reliving and, finally, accepting the past and how it shaped her present. With poetic language and a strong sense of place, Burn Down This World illuminates the ways a fractured family can mend, if not heal, old wounds.
You Can Tell Me Anything2020
This Invisble Beauty2017
In the Time of the Feast of Flowers2012