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The stars are fire : a novel / Anita Shreve.

Shreve, Anita, (author.).


A novel based on the true story of the largest fire in Maine's history follows the experiences of a pregnant woman who struggles to protect her two young children and watches her home burn while her husband joins the volunteer firefighters.
October 1947. After a summer long drought, fires break out all along the Maine coast and are soon racing out of control. 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. Awaiting news of their husbands' fate, facing an uncertain future in a town that no longer exists, Grace discovers joys and triumphs she could never have expected her narrow life with Gene could contain.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780385350907
  • ISBN: 0385350902
  • Physical Description: 241 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"This is a Borzoi Book" -- t.p. verso.
Subject: Great Fire (Maine : 1947)
Great Fire, Maine, 1947 > Fiction.
Life change events > Fiction.
Single mothers > Fiction.
Wildfires > Maine > History > Fiction.
Forest fires > Maine > History > Fiction.
FICTION > Literary.
FICTION > Historical.
FICTION > Sagas.
Life change events.
Single mothers.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Historical fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Historical fiction.

Available copies

  • 2 of 2 copies available at Skagit Evergreen Libraries. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at La Conner Swinomish Library District. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at La Conner Regional Library.


  • 0 current holds with 2 total copies.
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