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Vein Fire

One ordinary day, in one ordinary summer, Matt disfigured a childhood playmate with a cinder block. Five years later, he is released from a psychiatric facility and his circle of friends overlap with those of Hannah, the girl he maimed. He finds himself drawn to her, sadistically at first, but after Jared, an acquaintance from the hospital, covets her for his own disturbing uses, Matt struggles to protect her. Hannah's an outcast, not only because of the scars Matt gave her, but because of the ones she's given herself, too. Matt's heroin addiction and the way he exploits her body harm her in places sharp objects can't touch. Fearful that a dark secret will be disclosed, and with his addiction to heroin worsening, Matt chooses to abandon Hannah, allowing her to fall prey to Jared. Jared is a sociopath obsessed with a fantasy that Hannah can fly...a theory he plans on forcing her to test, even if the cost is her life. Vein Fire gives a startling portrait of Hannah, a young woman with Borderline Personality Disorder. This dark, voyeuristic story exposes the dysfunction she surrounds herself with as a method of self-harm. Its beautifully written passages will haunt the reader, compelling them to learn the fate of the girl who couldn't say no. Vein Fire is a stunning debut novel by Lucia Adams which editors have proclaimed, 'redefine the transgressive fiction genre'. "One of the great things about 'Vein Fire' is its bravery and directness. It's a dramatic and enlightening story of drugs, abuse, and the grey-areas of society; it shines a brave light on facets of humanity that the media tends to either glamorise, satirise or completely ignore. It is also a compulsive and pacey read. Ultimately, this is a manuscript that demonstrates a significant level of craft and originality." -- Harper Collins UK
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Lucia Adams began writing as a child. Her work spans several genres, including literary fiction, transgressive fiction, young adult, and creative nonfiction, and frequently focuses on showing mental illness from the inside out. Vein Fire is her third novel and the first she's decided to publish. Some of her writing appears in anthologies and in literary magazines. In the Spring of 2013, Spore Press will publish Season of the Dead, a collaborative novel she's written with other authors. Look for her other works to be released in early 2013. The most exquisite things Lucia has ever written have been on dirty napkins left in barrooms she will never return to. She is educated in chemistry, literature, and creative writing, but has spent the majority of her life working with adults and children with disabilities and addictions. Lucia lives in Pennsylvania, somewhere between a forest and a river. She is a member of the Quark Paper Cutting Factory.

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