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The Stars Are Fire Audiobook

The Stars Are Fire: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Weight of Water and The Pilot's Wife (an Oprah's Book Club selection): an exquisitely suspenseful new novel about an extraordinary young woman tested by a catastrophic event and its devastating aftermath - based on the true story of the largest fire in Maine's history

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. The women 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. And then the unthinkable happens - and Grace's bravery is tested as never before.

©2017 Anita Shreve (P)2017 Random House Audio

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    Sara 06-02-17
    Sara 06-02-17

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    "Disaster Strikes In 1947"

    This story is set on the Maine coast and deals with what is now referred to as "The Great Fires of 1947" where 200,000 acres of land and houses burned and it took almost a decade for the area to recover. This disaster forms the backdrop for another more personal story of crisis for the main character, Grace and her marriage.

    Overall I really enjoyed the book and found myself listening with full attention. I loved the look at Maine in the late 1940's. I thought the description of the fire was heart pounding and harrowing. However, from a medical stand point, I struggled with the details related to burn victim care--even for the time. This was a small distraction for me and in the end it didn't ruin the story.

    Be aware, the book deals with difficult topics, focusing on people in the midst of devastation coping with injury, loss and violence. Marital turbulence was also a strong theme. This was a fast paced listen and my first Shreve novel. I thought the blend of fiction during a nonfiction event was good. However, do keep in mind that parts of the story might contain too much graphic material and turmoil for some more gentle readers.

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Susan P 07-15-17
    Susan P 07-15-17

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    "An absolutely wonderful book"

    I enjoyed this book so much. It was a wonderful story very, very interesting. The characters were complex.

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    Debbie Campbell 07-14-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful"

    A book that taps into emotions making you truly feel, all the while transporting you into Graces world.

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    Jennifer L. Carow 06-07-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointing effort from Shreve"

    There could have been so much more to Grace's story. This novel is predictable and lacks the period and historical details that would have made the somewhat uneventful story more interesting. The protagonist, while quite distasteful, lacked definition and an explanation of the reasons behind his behavior. He was poorly drawn and not quite horrific enough for me to be truly afraid of him. Shreve leaves too many questions unanswered -- especially about the mother in law, her jewelry, Gene's reverence towards his mother, etc.

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    W. Pinder New York 05-30-17
    W. Pinder New York 05-30-17 Member Since 2017

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    "I liked it"

    I enjoyed this book overall. I hoped the author would have gone into greater depth regarding why Grace continued to put up with husband. I wanted to hear more about Aiden and what was going on inside his head. Story would be better with a bit more grit and detail to both characters and setting. Narrator was good, but the male voices had no emotion to them.

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    AIMEE HENDRICKSON 05-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    I loved the book but felt the ending was much too abrupt. That part was disappointing.

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    Terri Boyds, MD, United States 04-23-17
    Terri Boyds, MD, United States 04-23-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Enthralling"

    This is a beautiful book. I could not stop listening. It was so harrowing at times due to the horrific relationship between Grace and her husband but you couldn't help but be proud of the young woman's strength.

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    mariea 05-07-17
    mariea 05-07-17
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    "Depressing, Depressing, Depressing"
    Would you try another book from Anita Shreve and/or Suzanne Elise Freeman?

    Perhaps


    What about Suzanne Elise Freeman’s performance did you like?

    The only good thing about this performance is that she captured the depressing tone of the book.


    Did The Stars Are Fire inspire you to do anything?

    No. Uninspiring


    Any additional comments?

    Helpless woman who feels she doesn't deserve happiness. Cruel husband. Selfish, one dimensional mother. Not much to like in this book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Bain 05-06-17
    Ruth Bain 05-06-17

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    "Emotional and intense"

    Excellent writing, interesting characters. A slow building story that escalates in intensity. The narration was perfect for the story.

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    Campion Toronto, ON, Canada 05-04-17
    Campion Toronto, ON, Canada 05-04-17 Member Since 2009
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    "not Anita Shreve at her best"

    Very disappointing. One of those books about the past written entirely in the present tense. Tedious. The narrator didn't manage to lift the narrative.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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