The Stars are Fire (Paperback)Anita Shreve (author)
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‘Shreve is a literary talent for all, and this novel - up there with her award-winning The Weight of Water - is flaming good.’ - The Times
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, spending 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.
In what would tragically be her final novel, in The Stars are Fire Anita Shreve delivers a virtuoso drama that sweeps in both the devastation of loss and the strange fortitudes tragedy can bring. Brilliant in unveiling its revelations and uncannily true in its observation, Shreve’s last work only underlines fiction’s loss of a profound storyteller.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 198 x 137 x 21 mm
'Long before Liane Moriarty was spinning her Big Little Lies, Shreve was spicing up domestic doings..She still is, as effectively as ever, this time with a narrative literally lit from within.' - The New York Times
‘Shreve knows a great deal about the human ability to resist despair, and this novel, like many of her others, shows how hard work and compassion are - sometimes - rewarded.’ – The Washington Post
'A compulsive read, this novel pulled me into an ordinary woman's life and made me care too much about her to put it down.' - Glasgow Herald
'Anita Shreve...writes with such care and knowing that it's impossible not to be consumed by her storytelling, her beautiful sentences always exceeding the sum of their words . . . Shreve is a literary talent for all, and this novel - up there with her award-winning The Weight of Water - is flaming good.' - The Times
'Shreve's account of the fires is terrifying, and her portrait of a bad marriage almost equally so. Her recreation of post-war, pre feminist American society is a model of elegant restraint, deep feeling, skillful characterisation, and a richly evocative sense of place.' - Sydney Morning Herald
'Like her sensational best-selling 1998 novel The Pilot's Wife, about a widow who discovers her pilot husband had a second family, The Stars Are Fire explores what happens in the secret spaces between married people...Masterful... lingers long after the last page is turned, like the smoke from a wildfire.' - USA Today
'Delicate, poignant storytelling.' - Good Housekeeping
'An elegant portrait of a gutsy woman bent on survival.' - Woman & Home
'Precise, evocative prose brings the story's vivid characters to life...original and gripping.' - People
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“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 drought, the nightmare fires race towards the town where Grace... More
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 1947. Grace and her friend Rose,her Mother and hundreds of... More
“A compelling tale”
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Anita Shreve was a favourite of mine after I read the wonderful Fortune’s Rocks as a teenager. Over the last few years I drifted... More
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