Having just finished Rachel Kushner’s The Flamethrowers, I would like to invite you to share in this literary journey. Reno, the lady explorer of the novel, is our guide as we travel from the past wars of Italy to 1970s New York City. We see life in flashes and snippets. If you are looking for a cohesive plot line, this isn’t the book for you. If you are up for a grand artistic adventure, hold on. The question of what art is and how it is separated from reality melodically hovers over every page as we follow Reno from the salt flats of Nevada to the chaotic streets of Milan. This question is challenged and answered in various subtleties by each artist that we encounter. Kushner creates two worlds that are delicately intertwined and poignantly highlights the deep irony that follows us wherever we go.