The Stars Are Fire

The Stars Are Fire

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"In October, 1947, after a summer-long drought, fires began near Bar Harbor and raced along the coast of Maine, ravaging two hundred thousand acres--the largest fire in Maine's history. In the southern part of the state, people were forced into the sea to escape the flames. Five months pregnant, Grace Holland is left alone to protect her two toddlers when her husband Gene joins the volunteers fighting to bring the fire under control. Along with her best friend, Rosie, and Rosie's two young children, the women watch in horror as their houses go up in flames, then walk into the ocean as a last resort. They spend the night frantically trying to save their children. When dawn comes, they have miraculously survived, but their lives are forever changed: homeless, penniless, and left to face an uncertain future in a town that no longer exists. As Grace awaits news of her husband's fate, she is thrust into a new world in which she must make a life on her own, beginning with absolutely nothing--she must find work, a home, a way to provide for her children. In the midst of devastating loss, Grace discovers glorious new freedoms--joys and triumphs she could never have expected her narrow life with Gene could contain--and her spirit soars. And then the unthinkable happens, and Grace's bravery is tested as never before"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385350907
0385350902
9780345806369
Characteristics: 241 pages ; 25 cm

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ArapahoeAnnaL Aug 03, 2018

A historical novel, the Great Fires of 1947 in Maine, with a page turning plot that brings up interesting ethical questions.

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MARTHA C BENNER
Jun 05, 2018

Enjoyed this book so much. I started it and could not put it down until it was done. A great story and you could feel the pain and pleasure of the people in this book.

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trincarl07
Apr 23, 2018

Loved the book, loved the description of the fires. You can almost feel the dryness of the surrounding as the town lit up. Anita is soon becoming my fav author.

mko123 Mar 08, 2018

Take a 1940's woman, give her a perfect life near the beach, a handsome husband, two adorable toddlers, a best friend, then have a fire sweep through and upend her life overnight. This is a quick read owing to Shreve's lyrical writing style and her realist characters. I liked the resiliency of Grace, who must conjure up the intestinal fortitude to do some difficult things.

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EmilyEm
Jan 30, 2018

The New York Times reviewer of this book says: ‘The historical record of Maine's Great Fires is a literary opportunist's delight.’ Shreve sets her novel with the 1947 fires at its center with Grace Holland, a young mother and fire survivor, as its main character.

I’ve read Shreve before and spent time on the coast of Maine so enjoyed this story and its setting. Born in 1947 myself, it was an interesting look at that post-World War II time for women. Good light reading.

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Librarian5280
Jan 21, 2018

One of the best of 2017.

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helenlorraine
Jan 13, 2018

Intrigued with the historical details of the fire. I found the female characters interesting, the male characters less so. The ending wrapped up too neatly for all. I am a fan of A. Shreve, loved The Weight of Water.

ArapahoeJillK Nov 27, 2017

Enjoyable read with an interesting writing style. Strong female character faces a devastating and historical Maine wildfire.

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xiaojunbpl12
Nov 15, 2017

Well crafted story, perfect, except a quick mention of Gene in love with a French woman during the war, which doesn’t work for him, only served to tell readers everything.
Grace may be one of the most memorable genuine female characters portrayed in lit New England.

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molly
Aug 20, 2017

I absolutely loved this novel. I love her writing style too; her very clipped sentences.
The story is very moving and is told with no excess of words. This surely is her best
novel yet. Don't read Publishers Weekly or Library Journal above because they spoil the plot
with too much information. ugh. ugh. dumb.and shame on them.

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