Check out the book, The Stars are Fire, by Anita Shreve, in this review on the Portobello Book Blog
It has been a while since I read a book by Anita Shreve for some reason but I enjoyed this book just as much as her previous novels. Inspired by a devastating wild fire which swept through Maine in 1947, The Stars Are Fire tells the story of young wife Grace and how she and her family cope in the aftermath of the fire. Grace is married to Gene and it’s not a particularly happy marriage. Gene is prone to mood swings and does not show much love or affection towards his wife. They have two children, Claire and Tom, and Grace is pregnant with their third child when the fire strikes leaving her with no possessions, no home and, as Gene has not returned from fighting the fire, effectively a single parent.
What I really enjoy about Anita Shreve’s books is that although they may initially appear relatively straightforward…
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