Skip to Main Content (Press Enter)
Love Is a Burning Thing by Nina St. Pierre
Add Love Is a Burning Thing to bookshelf
Add to Bookshelf
Love Is a Burning Thing by Nina St. Pierre
Hardcover $28.00
May 07, 2024 | ISBN 9780593473825

Buy from Other Retailers:

See All Formats (2) +
  • $28.00

    May 07, 2024 | ISBN 9780593473825

    Buy from Other Retailers:

  • May 07, 2024 | ISBN 9780593473832

    Buy from Other Retailers:

  • May 07, 2024 | ISBN 9780593827444

    536 Minutes

    Buy from Other Retailers:

Buy the Audiobook Download:

Listen to a sample from Love Is a Burning Thing

Product Details


Most Anticipated by Esquire, Los Angeles Times, Bustle, Rumpus, Write or Die, and Alta Online

“This beautiful memoir about longing for normalcy while being buffeted by the whims of an unstable mother is perfect for fans of Mary Karr or stories about surviving difficult childhoods” People, “Best Books to Read in May 2024”

“This debut memoir is a daughter’s reckoning: a quest to understand her mystery of a mother, an exploration of mysticism and untreated mental illness, and an indictment of the systems that failed their family…St. Pierre and I grew up in the same remote corner of the west, but you don’t need to know it in order to appreciate the descriptions that add lush texture to this searching, empathetic narrative.” Esquire, “Best Memoirs of 2024”

“A kaleidoscopic, illuminating reflection on mental health, poverty, gender, and spirituality.” Bustle, “Spring’s Most Anticipated Books”

“Stark and emotionally raw, [Love is a Burning Thing] becomes increasingly warm and empathetic as Nina uncovers what made Anita the mother she was.” —Apple Books

“St. Pierre crafts a vivid, richly textured, harrowing memoir of her bond, both steadfast and delicate, with her mother…St. Pierre emerges with a treatise for thinking about not only mental illness and family trauma, but also the ability of belief to alternately empower, embattle, and release. An exhilarating, heart-rending familial portrait.” Kirkus, *starred review*

“Essayist St. Pierre debuts with a haunting account of her complicated relationship with her mother…This is a beautifully written and often breathtaking examination of a difficult parent-child bond.” Publishers Weekly

Love is a Burning Thing is a spectacular, fearless memoir, written with real muscle and voice, guided by an electric eye for truth and compassion. I loved this book.” —Michelle Tea, author of Knocking Myself Up

“Nina St. Pierre’s effulgent prose is as fiery as the title itself: unrelenting, strong, and vast. You will be shocked at learning that this is St. Pierre’s debut as she wields such a command on language and narrative with extreme sensitivity towards mental illness, social inequities, and of course, the bond she had with her late mother that you’d believe she were a veteran in the world of arts and letters.” —Morgan Jerkins, New York Times bestselling author

“This book is like molten lava rushing down a slope, burning away everything in its path: dangerous and wild and unstoppable, and awe-strikingly beautiful. Love is a Burning Thing is a testament to the life-defining and sometimes life-shattering mother-daughter bond; a free dive into the depths of mysticism and mental illness, and the slippery, disorienting spaces where they overlap; an indictment of systems that leave the most vulnerable to fend for themselves; and a record of a self-determined, wise, embodied creative life rising from ashes—literally.” —Lilly Dancyger, author of First Love

“Nina St. Pierre’s high-wire act of a memoir brilliantly balances pain, wit, and levity in its two trajectories of searching — the mother’s for enlightenment, for meaning, for salvation, and the narrator’s for answers, empathy, and compassion. St. Pierre tells this story with a warmth and intimacy that makes you want to follow her wherever she goes. Love is a Burning Thing will sear your heart in two and leave you smoldering.” —Zaina Arafat, author of You Exist Too Much

“Love Is a Burning Thing is an unflinching portrayal of a mother’s untreated mental illness, its wide-reaching impact, and a daughter’s drive to make sense of it all. Luminous, haunting, as painful as a burn and as beautiful as the flame that caused it, Nina St. Pierre’s love-fueled story broke my heart and opened my eyes. One of the best memoirs I’ve ever read.” —Gabrielle Korn, author of Yours for the Taking

“I was caught up in this memoir from the very beginning and struggled to put it down, not only for the wrenching story it tells about family history, mental illness, American counterculture, and one woman’s calling, but because of the time we get to spend in a beautiful and sparsely populated part of California that is almost never represented on the page, on screen, or in the popular imagination.  This is a profoundly California book, giving us as illuminating a portrait of the rural north state as it does of Nina’s family and her mother’s life–full of love, mystery, and heartbreak. I was blown away by St. Pierre’s beautiful rendering of this complex family story.” —Lydia Kiesling, author of Mobility

Looking for More Great Reads?
21 Books You’ve Been Meaning to Read
Back to Top