The Stars are Fire

The Stars are Fire

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 02/05/2017
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The brilliantly gripping new novel from the New York Times best-selling author of The Pilot's Wife (an Oprah's Book Club selection).

Hot breath on Grace's face. Claire is screaming, and Grace is on her feet. As she lifts her daughter, a wall of fire fills the window. Perhaps a quarter of a mile back, if even that. Where's Gene? Didn't he come home?

1947. Fires are racing along the coast of Maine after a summer-long drought, ravaging thousands of acres, causing unprecedented confusion and fear.

Five months pregnant, Grace Holland is left alone to protect her two toddlers when her difficult and unpredictable 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.

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.

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9781408702987
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Weight: 475g
  • Dimensions: 240 x 155 x 25 mm

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The Stars are Fire
Another Good Read.
Another good read from Anita Shreve. In October 1947, fires race out of control along the Maine coast. It has been a hot, hot summer and following a long d... READ MORE
Milton of Campsie  Annie
The Stars are Fire
Wonderful Read
The Stars are Fire is a wonderful heart warming story .Grace is a plucky heroine and the story focuses on the aftermath of the terrible fire of Maine in 19... READ MORE
Chrissie Mortimer
The Stars are Fire
A compelling tale
I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Anita Shreve was a favourite of mine after I read the wonderful Fortu... READ MORE
The Stars are Fire
Great story from a skilled writer
THE STARS ARE FIRE by Anita Shreve What a good story this is with realistic characters behaving in a manner I would imagine in America in the 40s. Th... READ MORE
Sheila Grant
The Stars are Fire
Historical fact adds to the enjoyment of this compelling story
I have read every one of Anita Shreve's novels (The Pilot's Wife was my introduction to this author's writing) and I always eagerly anticipate her latest o... READ MORE
Linda Hepworth