Two unrelated, aspiring writers, born on the same day in the same year to parents with the same first names, grow up together and eventually gain national prominence as authors. As the years pass, the complex sexual identities of Miller Sark and Hal Pierce undermine their intense private relationship, inflicting damage that cannot be undone by the distinction of their fiction and poetry. Inspired by the lives and works of American literary giants Ernest Hemingway and Hart Crane, This Cleaving and This Burning reveals the passion and purpose behind masks of public reputation and creative expression.
This Cleaving and This Burning by J.A. Wainwright is a novel I will never forget....I felt every emotion our two main characters felt; I grew up with them as they discovered the world around them and themselves, trying to understand their own feelings. Their constant underlying search for the next thing to write, their stumbling across moments too right not to write about, their confusing emotions as they discovered themselves and rewrote who they were.- The Miramichi Reader
I was enthralled by this story from the very first page. The distinct voices of the characters, compelling subject matter, and lyrical prose weave together to form a touching and unforgettable novel about identity, friendship, the secret desires of the heart, and love. - Guernica Prize Jury
Insightful moments and emotional scenes involving each hit their mark, and the reader feels drawn to the passions of both for life and literature.- Ottawa Review of Books
This Cleaving and This Burning is a bold and brilliant novel that will transport readers to another era. Andrew Wainwright tells the story of an intense friendship and forbidden desire. With great sensitivity, authentic characters and powerful scenes, this engaging tale burns into the mind and heart long after the journey has ended in its pages.- Sonia Saikaley, author of The Lebanese Dishwasher
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