Burning Tulips

“This is a remarkable memoir. As American as apple pie and incest, it is a
vivid reminder of how startling is the actuality of childhood in this country.
“Burning Tulips” is strong, moving, and direct.”—Vivian Gornick

“Here is the story of a childhood that probably won’t become a Disney
movie. In brief, unblinking scenes we see a child encounter what a child
shouldn’t have to. The young woman who emerges is not unscathed,
but she is unbroken and, amazingly, she can laugh.”—Lynne Rae Perkins

Black text stating Burning Tulips a novel by Diane Payne over a yellow background underneath a painting of a woman in a white dress posing in front of an arch in a desert.

Publication Date: May 1, 2004

Genre/Imprint: Fiction, Red Hen Press

$15.95 Tradepaper

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ISBN: 978-1-888996-89-0


John Sheirer’s Review

By John Sheirer (Connecticut) – See all my reviewsReviewed for Nights and Weekends by John Sheirer The nameless young girl at the center of Diane Payne's wonderful Burning Tulips is asked to write about an "important human" for a school assignment. She chooses instead to write about the family dog because, in her own words, […]

Steven Hansen reviews Burning Tulips

Burning Tulips Diane Payne. Red Hen (CDC, dist.) $15.95 (156p) ISBN 978-1-888996-89-0The terms 'memoir' and 'novel' are not as easily blended as PB&J; nor do they make half as good a sandwich. But when it comes to literature instead of low cuisine, these two forms of creative expression are hardly mutually exclusive; making fiction out […]