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The Stars Are Fire
by Anita Shreve

PBR Review This is a story of survival. In the immediate sense, Grace saves herself and her children from a fire that courses through her small seacoast town in Maine. On another level, her husband Gene, goes missing after being called to help the town build a fire wall and Grace is left with no money, no home and two children. As the story builds, a beautiful strong women emerges from the ashes. Itís even more interesting when you realize itís based on actual events. Itís a fictionalized account of the October 1947 fire that ripped though Maine and burned for two weeks, destroying over 1000 homes. Grace is resilient and intelligent, making hard choices in the aftermath and overcoming many obstacles to take care of her family. I loved how she rose to the challenge and became stronger because of it. However, I think it was the authorís delightful writing style that made the strongest impression and left me wanting more.Back.
Talking Points: Grace is brave and strong, and uses all her resources to survive during and after the fire. Her marriage is terrible and since it is the mid 40s, attitudes on sex are far from the modern perspective of today. There are many other constraints placed on Grace because she is a woman and it is also a story of hope and finding oneself.
PBR Reader Comments:
A gripping fictionalized story based on the 1927 fire in Bar Harbor Maine that devastated the community. Itís also about survival and finding inner strength to rebuild your life.
by-Linda 2017/07/11, 03:22 PM

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