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Owen King

OWEN KING is the author of the novel Double Feature (Scribner, 2013), and co-author of the forthcoming graphic novel, Intro to Alien Invasion (Scribner, September 2015). His work has appeared in Fairy Tale Review, Lady Churchill?s Rosebud Wristlet, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, One Story, and Subtropics.

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Burning Down George Orwell’s House, Andrew Ervin’s first novel (and second book, after the very fine Extraordinary Renditions [2010]), is the story of Ray Welter’s self-exile on the Isle of Jura, in the house where George Orwell (aka Eric Blair) composed 1984. Ray’s personal history is destructive, his professional history is worse, and he wants to begin again with a fresh slate. But Jura has no sympathy for him. At the end of the world he is plagued by memories of his ill behavior back home in Chicago, trapped by the horrible Scottish weather, and at the mercy of the island’s moody inhabitants. Also, someone—or some thing—is leaving animal corpses on his doorstep.


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