The Stars Are Fire

The Stars Are Fire

A Novel

Large Print - 2017
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A novel based on the true story of the largest fire in Maine's history follows the experiences of a pregnant woman who struggles to protect her two young children and watches her home burn while her husband joins the volunteer firefighters.
October 1947. After a summer long drought, fires break out all along the Maine coast and are soon racing out of control. 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. Awaiting news of their husbands' fate, facing an uncertain future in a town that no longer exists, Grace discovers joys and triumphs she could never have expected her narrow life with Gene could contain.
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Large Print, [2017]
Edition: First large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781524780258
1524780251
Characteristics: 336 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
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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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me_with_66chickens
Aug 04, 2017

Great historical fiction, 1950s everyday woman's survival tale!

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njon38
Aug 03, 2017

Inspired by stories of the largest fire in Maine history occurring in 1947, the protagonist is a young mother of two kids who saves her family while losing all of their material possession. The husband is missing and Grace discovers her own strength and resilience. It is a heartbreaking account of how wives are devalued and the how the patriarchy operated then to grind women down. Ending was disappointing as to uplifting and neat.

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1mother8
Jul 07, 2017

This is my first book by author Anita Shreve. I found the narrative gripping. Her prose is so evocative. While reading, when I had to leave the book to do something else: the story would stay in my head. I felt like, when you have a very vivid dream; and upon awakening, you are still in it. I am going to read the Pilot's wife next. Loved the book.

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brangwinn
Jul 04, 2017

This is similar to The Pilot’s Wife in that the marital relationship is strained. Only in the post-war 1940’s its worse, because there are so few opportunities for a wife to succeed on her own. Married to a man who doesn’t love her, Grace knows “she made her bed and has to sleep in it” but when her husband disappears while fighting a forest fire, Grace has the opportunity to learn how strong she is as she becomes the sole provider for her two children and her mother. The return of her husband who has been badly burned and is furious she has created her own life and friendships with other men, makes Grace’s life miserable. But like all good fairytales, Grace lives happily ever after in the end. This is a good beach book.

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bronteside
Jun 26, 2017

The unexpected jolt in the plot line bumps this tale from the ordinary
To the very readable category.
Protagonist Grace's journey from servile housewife to confident survivor
Transforms the reader into a kind of shameless cheerleader for her courage and
Even amoral missteps.
Loved this woman's path of certainty and an ending that is both hopeful and ambiguous.

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TraceyAggarwal
Jun 21, 2017

Quite short at 241 pages and so easy to read. I finished this in one day, most of it sitting in a comfy library chair and looking out over the sea - a good spot to read a story set in Maine! It's very easy to slip into Anita Shreve's stories, imagining being in her character's lives and houses. Really enjoyed this one and the ending was satisfying.

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sues05
Jun 11, 2017

I've loved this author in the past, but her most recent books have just not delivered for me.

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mjk236sb
Jun 03, 2017

This book is well written and takes you into the life of Grace as she faces her struggles in the back drop of the fire in Maine in 1947. The descriptive writing soon takes you into the life of Grace and the loses that she endures in her life and the joy with her children. Interesting story about this young women who finds within her self the courage to make a new life out of the ruins of the fire and her loveless marriage.

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jazpur
May 28, 2017

A bit close to the bone maybe for Christchurch readers after recent events. However, this is an historical study of life in Maine in 1947. The people, their attitudes and the results from the decisions they made in the aftermath of their fire, make for an interesting story that would translate well to the small screen, especially the clothes and the hairdos..

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