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The Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve (May 2017)

The Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve (May 2017)1947

Fires are racing along the coast of Maine after 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 moody and unpredictable husband Gene joiins the volunteers fighting to bring the fire under control. Along with her best friend, Rosie, and Rosie's two young children, Grace watches helplessly as their houses go up in flames and they are forced to walk into the ocean as a last resort.  They spend 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 in a town that no longer exists.

As Grace awaits news of her husband's fate, she begins to discover glorious new freedoms she could never have expected and her spirit soars.  And then the unthinkable happens, and Grace's bravery is tested as never before.
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