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“Liz Prato’s characters blaze with humanity, sensuality, and hope. Her writing glitters and her stories push us to the edge: Prato rubs her people together until they spark, in a book that throbs with heart—and grips our own.”—Dylan Landis, author of Rainey Royal

 

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“Liz Prato’s stories are funny and warm as can be, so even when they are painful and sad, they still genuinely welcome a reader.” –Aimee Bender, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

 

“The stories are at once beautifully written and tremendously compelling. A knockout collection.”—Molly Antopol, The UnAmerican

 

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BABY'S ON FIRE

"Rich and haunting, Prato's stories don't just take the reader for a ride. They push us along, poking and prodding and cajoling to the brink of discomfort before yanking right back into sanity. Though this is Prato's first collection of short stories, it is assuredly not her last. She writes in a way that forces readers to take notice, gripping hearts and clenching souls.      –Summerset Review

 

In her debut collection, Liz Prato honors the individual’s small battles. Her preoccupied but never self-absorbed characters are knee-deep in their personal struggles: negotiating what places to call home; defining and redefining relationships; caring for the injured and ill; and communicating with difficult people. Prato’s prose is widely appealing and many- layered; her language is breezy and deceptively casual, while her content is visceral . . . [reminding] us that hope is bigger than our relative smallness.     –New Pages

           

"Running beneath each story in Baby’s on Fire is a murmuring chaos, the kind that seems to bubble beneath the surface either as the aftermath of, or building up to, a full-blown eruption. The manner in which Prato discloses information, shares subtle details, and pulls in backstory is the kind of writing that keeps readers looking for more by an author, and why I’ll remember the name Liz Prato and not hesitate to join her again on the page.   --Atticus Review

 

"Raw, relatable characters make this collection of tales a winner. With its clarity, insight, and bare emotion, Prato’s collection is an excellent addition to the world of short fiction — and one with the potential to set my literary preferences on fire. --Washington Independent Review of Books

 

 

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