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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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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me_with_66chickens
Aug 04, 2017

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

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