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Beneath the Bonfire is a collection of stories from Nikolas Butler.

Young couples gather to participate in an annual “chainsaw party,” cutting down trees for firewood in anticipation of the winter.

A group of men spend a weekend hunting for mushrooms in the wilderness where they grew up, and where some still find themselves trapped.

An aging environmentalist takes out his frustration and anger on a singular, unsuspecting target.

A woman helps another get revenge against a man whose crime extends far beyond him to an entire community.

In these ten stories, Nickolas Butler demonstrates his talent for portraying “a place and its people with such love that you’ll find yourself falling for them, too,” evoking an American landscape that will be instantly recognizable to readers enchanted by his debut, Shotgun Lovesongs.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Sensitive to the human condition, Butler continues to demonstrate his impressive command of atmosphere and humanity.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “With the vocal rhythms of characters who own broken-down pickups and chase out-of-season deer across stubbled fields, narrator Holter Graham gives voice to the bitter and tough sounds of deferred dreams and plots of revenge as well as the painful hopes that inhabit these carefully woven tales. In this collection one hears a new strong voice in American fiction. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “I love these stories: they’re quiet, careful. As glaciated as their own vistas. Butler’s is a deft hand, who as in the title story, takes us beneath the ice and forces us to confront the deepest extents of our friendships, our marriages, our family. Without a doubt, Beneath the Bonfire is a diamond of a collection, shaped and hardened through the profound geologic pressures of love and pain.”

    Bill Cheng, author of Southern Cross the Dog

  • “The stories in Beneath the Bonfire pack a sincere, emotional punch. Nickolas Butler’s territory might be the Midwest (which warms this particular reader’s heart), but the losses and hard-won gains are universal. This writer is the real deal.”

    Peter Orner, author of Last Car over the Sagamore Bridge

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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