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A finalist for the Chapters/Robertson Davies First Novel Award and winner of the 2001 Commonwealth Prize for Best First Novel (Canada and Caribbean region), Burning Ground established Pearl Luke as a fresh, original voice and a writer to be watched.
Burning Ground is the story of Percy Turner, a fire watcher ensconced in the cocoon of her tower, scanning the horizon for "smokes."
Completely alone, and wrapping herself in a fire-proof blanket of routine, Percy tries to insulate herself from the much more dangerous fires that burn within.
It's the intrusion of the past that haunts her, as she struggles to escape disturbing family secrets, and the loss of Marlea, her best friend and sometime lover.
As she reaches out to a new friendship, Percy faces a searing battle of the elements -- both emotional and physical -- that will redefine her whole life, her loves and losses. Cinematic in its style, erotic in tone, Burning Ground boldly explores desire, sexual identity and emotional risk, rising to a powerful ending, not easily forgotten.