In the tinder-dry Southwest, a few natural species, pyrophites, manage to tolerate the intense heat of wildfires—even need it to survive. So, too, for the women in the chancy terrain of Susan DeFreitas’s new story, negotiating flare-ups of human heat, lust and betrayal, choice and consequence. DeFreitas’s voice is irresistible—funny and whip smart and dead-on. Come listen.
—David Long, author of The Inhabited World