The Stars are Fire: A Novel

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2017 - Fiction - 256 pages
10 Reviews
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Weight of Water and The Pilot's Wife (an Oprah's Book Club selection): an exquisitely suspenseful new novel about an extraordinary young woman tested by a catastrophic event and its devastating aftermath--based on the true story of the largest fire in Maine's history

In October 1947, after a summer long drought, fires break out all along the Maine coast from Bar Harbor to Kittery and are soon racing out of control from town to village. Five months pregnant, Grace Holland is left alone to protect her two toddlers when her husband, Gene, joins the volunteer firefighters. Along with her best friend, Rosie, and Rosie's two young children, Grace watches helplessly as their houses burn to the ground, the flames finally forcing them all into the ocean as a last resort. The women spend the night frantically protecting their children, and in the morning find their lives forever changed: homeless, penniless, awaiting news of their husbands' fate, and left to face an uncertain future in a town that no longer exists. In the midst of this 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.
 

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User Review  - tinkerbellkk - LibraryThing

I thoroughly enjoyed this book - the setting of post World War II in Maine was based on a real life tragedy - a devastating fire that raged through several towns leaving people homeless. I found the ... Read full review

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User Review  - techeditor - LibraryThing

What a pleasure THE STARS ARE FIRE is to read! This book, although not a thriller, is so full of suspense, it is unputdownable and will keep you reading until late at night. The great fire in Maine in ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
17
Section 3
37
Section 4
47
Section 5
60
Section 6
78
Section 7
96
Section 8
112
Section 9
133
Section 10
154
Section 11
176
Section 12
229
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About the author (2017)

ANITA SHREVE's novels have sold more than six million copies and have been translated into thirty-six languages. She lives with her husband in New Hampshire.

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