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The lush Amazon rainforest. A remote tribe. The steady encroachment of “civilization.” Against this backdrop, the all-too-human experiences of fear, love, and loss become amplified with potentially disastrous consequences, in Nancy Burke’s debut novel “Undergrowth.”
In this luminous first novel, Nancy Burke gives voice to the complexities of social, anthropological and environmental forces. Melding poetry with touches of magical realism, here is a page-turner of an adventure story that rests upon deep and unsettling layers of undergrowth.
Nancy Burke is a writer, musician, and psychoanalyst based in Evanston, Illinois. Her poetry has appeared in “After Hours,” “The American Poetry Journal,” “Permafrost,” and other literary magazines. Her work has been recognized with a Gradiva award, an Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship, an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award, an International Merit Award from the Atlanta Review, and a Fish prize. “American Goodbye,” Burke’s first recording of original songs, was released in 2014, and her second, “The Valley,” is due in 2018. She lives in Evanston, Illinois, with her husband, two children, and three cats.