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May 07, 2024 | ISBN 9780593473825

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“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*

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 Negative Space and the 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

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