Anita Shreve will be at the Camden Public Library for a reading and discussion of her new book “The Stars are Fire” on May 2 at 7:00. Copies of the book will be available for sale courtesy of Owl & Turtle Bookshop, and there will be a chance to have Anita Shreve sign your book. The event will take place in the beautiful library Reading Room.
The fires started during the first week of October. After a summer-long drought, they broke out near Bar Harbor and soon were burning out of control, racing down the Maine coast. Eventually over two hundred fires raged, consuming a quarter of a million acres of forest and wiping out nine entire towns. The year 1947 became known as “the Year Maine Burned.”
Anita Shreve, the New York Times best-selling author of The Weight of Water and The Pilot’s Wife (an Oprah’s Book Club selection), brings this devastating event to life in a riveting story of friendship, love, and survival: THE STARS ARE FIRE (Knopf, 4/18/17). Exquisitely suspenseful, this new novel introduces us to Grace Holland, an extraordinary young woman tested by catastrophe.
Five months pregnant, Grace is left alone to protect her two toddlers when her husband, Gene, joins the volunteer firefighters. In a breathtaking scene, with the fires raging, Grace and her children are forced into the ocean as their home and entire town burn to the ground. They survive—but in the morning learn that Gene has gone missing. As Grace struggles to put her life back together, she begins enjoying new freedoms and finding unexpected joys she’d never thought possible. Shreve paints a vivid portrait of Maine in the post-war years as Grace finds she is much stronger, and wants much more from life, than she ever realized. When the unthinkable happens, and past and present collide, Grace must choose between the life she’s always known—and the new person she has become.
Anita Shreve’s novels have sold more than six million copies and have been translated into thirty-six languages. Like her most beloved books, THE STARS ARE FIRE is true page-turner, and a powerful and satisfying tale of a woman’s awakening.