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The Stars Are Fire
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The Stars Are Fire


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. They 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. Then the unthinkable happens and Grace's bravery is tested as never before.

Title:The Stars Are Fire
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:256 pages
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    The Stars Are Fire Reviews

  • Mischenko
    May 19, 2017

    To see this review and others please visit www.readrantrockandroll.comThe Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve is a novel of fiction that takes place around the disastrous fire that ravaged Maine's coast in...

  • Diane S ?
    Mar 02, 2017

    I always look forward to novels by this author, and this time it has felt like a very long wait. She writes such good stories about women, hemmed in by the expectations of their time periods, but wome...

  • Brenda
    Apr 24, 2017

    I started off giving The Stars are Fire 4 stars, however while writing my review I realized that there was a few things that were missing for me or did not really work for me.When we first meet Grace ...

  • Dorie
    Jan 09, 2017

    Wow this is one special book! I was excited to read it so I had to jump ahead even though the pub date isn’t until May.This is by far the best book that Ms. Shreve has ever penned. The characters ar...

  • Phrynne
    Feb 22, 2017

    This one started off slowly and it took a little while for me to engage with it, but then suddenly I found myself in that wonderful state of being so involved I did not even notice when people were ta...

  • Ann Marie
    May 01, 2017

    You can read all of my reviews at Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine.Having never read any of Anita Shreve's earlier novels, I was drawn to The Stars are Fire because I enjoy learning about historical events I know...

  • Cindy Burnett
    Mar 01, 2017

    4.5 starsThe Stars Are Fire is a beautifully written story that is both heart-breaking and ultimately redemptive. The story is based on the true story of the 1947 fire that burned a significant portio...

  • Carolyn
    Apr 24, 2017

    In October 1947, the biggest fires in Maine's history swept though the state burning for two weeks and destroying over 12oo homes and holiday houses. With this as backdrop, Anita Shreve has crafted he...

  • ?Karen
    Jun 12, 2017

    Man, I didn't realize how much I have missed Anita Shreve until I started this book this morning and finished it tonight. It is that good. I enjoyed Grace's story tremendously.Grace is a thoughtful yo...

  • Kasa Cotugno
    Apr 13, 2017

    Oh dear. I'm afraid I'm just the wrong audience for this book. After a strong beginning, it devolved into just another romantic fairy tale. Its strengths lay in the depiction of the devastating coasta...