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The Ashes of Around Twenty-Three Strangers

The Ashes of Around Twenty-Three Strangers

A Tor.com Original

Jeremy Packert Burke

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The Ashes of Around Twenty-Three Strangers is a Tor.com original science fiction story from Jeremy Packert Burke.

The world doesn't make sense. All rain has moved indoors--wrecking houses from the inside out while the skies remain cloudless. With ever greater devotion, people worship giant, inert, humanoid bodies as gods as civilization falls apart.

Lucy has never been religious, but her brother becomes more and more sucked into the church. She has no way to properly mourn him after his untimely death. Now, a year later, with the help of her best friend Carve, who was once himself a believer, she will travel south on a makeshift pilgrimage, trying to find peace and some better means of understanding the world.

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

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Jeremy Packert Burke

Jeremy Packert Burke is a graduate of the Clarion Writers' Workshop and an MFA candidate at the University of Alabama. They have had stories in the Indiana Review, Puerto del Sol, Quarterly West, and Hayden's Ferry Review, among other places.

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