It has been some time since the prolific Stephen Dobyns has favored us with a work of fiction. EATING NAKED, a short story compilation, released at the turn of the century (yes, that sounds strange to me as well), and since then he has confined himself to publishing several collections of poetry. THE BURN PALACE is reminiscent of some of his past work, but nonetheless stands well on its own, seeming at first blush to fit comfortably into this or that genre but ultimately becoming somewhat difficult to classify.
"Part crime novel, part horror story, and part character study, THE BURN PALACE is worth savoring slowly and re-reading."
Brewster, Rhode Island, is the unsettling setting for the book; it is a small