Baby's on Fire: Stories (Paperback)
It is rare to find stories combining pathos and humor effectively, but Prato does so consistently with subtlety and delicacy. I found myself laughing out loud at one paragraph and near tears in the next. From the siblings in the title story, to the washed up big-league prospect in "Minor League Lessons," to the neighbors in "A Proportional Response," these characters are real people portrayed with empathy. An outstanding debut collection by a local author (and friend!).— Curt
"In her terrific debut, Baby's on Fire, Liz Prato pulls off the ultimate balancing act: the stories are at once beautifully written and tremendously compelling-not to mention filled with characters so full of life that they feel as real as people we know. A knockout collection." -Molly Antopol, author of The UnAmericans.