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This Cleaving and This Burning
Guernica Editions, Fall 2020
292 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781771835664
ISBN10: 1771835664
$20.00 Canada, $17.95 US, £11.95 UK

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Two unrelated, aspiring writers, born on the same day in the same year to parents with the same first names, grow up together and eventually gain national prominence as authors. But their complex sexual identities undermine their intense private relationship as the years pass, inflicting damage that cannot be undone by their public reputations or the excellence of their fiction and poetry. Inspired by the lives and work of American literary giants Ernest Hemingway and Hart Crane, This Cleaving and This Burning is a story of creative passions stoked by unspoken desires within the mind and heart.
On the path to the limestone cliffs he could smell the sweetness of the jasmine and tang of the pines. From the edge of the precipice he threw the box into the sea, wondering idly if Hornsby's arm was still as strong as ever. Back at the house he sat at his desk and poured himself a whiskey. They were lost to each other and he'd never see the bear again.

Books by J.A. Wainwright

This Cleaving and This Burning