Once or twice a decade, an unknown short-story writer blazes onto the literary scene with work that is thrilling and new. Brooding, edgy, and sometimes violent, Controlled Burn’s loosely linked stories are each in some way a distillation of hard time—spent either in prison, the backwoods of Vermont, or the badlands of the American West. Peopled by boxers, drunks, truck drivers, murderers, bounty hunters, drifters traveling under assumed names, and men whose luck ran out a thousand miles ago, these stories feel hard-won from life, and if they are moody and stark, so too are they filled with human longing. Controlled Burn is divided into two sections: “The Northeast Kingdom” and “The Fugitive West” In each, Scott Wolven reveals a broken world where there is no bottom left to hit. Download and start listening now!