The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve
Book Review: 5 out of 5 star rating
This book is based on the real-fire catastrophic wildfire that took place in 1947 in Maine. There’s been a very long drought and Grace Holland and her best friend, Rosie, long for rain. But the lack of water isn’t the only drought Grace is facing. From what she hears from Rosie, Grace knows that her marriage bed is not what it should be. A violent night with her husband leaves her pregnant with her third child. This is her third pregnancy in less than two years and she’s exhausted.
When Grace is five months pregnant, the wildfires start to rage out of control. Her husband, Greg, leaves her with their two very young children to join the firefighters. The fires wreak havoc upon the homes and lives of Grace and Rosie. But Grace’s tragedy doesn’t end the day of the fires.
I’ve been a longtime fan of Anita Shreve and she has surpassed herself with this book. I’ve read reviews saying that it’s too slow moving but I thought it was just perfect. This is a complex plot that only begins with the tragic fires. The author has done a masterful job of depicting the difficulties of this marriage, its effect on Grace and her longing for a better life. I was glued to each page of this book and had no idea what was going on around me while I was reading it. The day of the fire is edge of your seat suspenseful. The story of Grace and her marriage and the time following the fire is so gorgeously written. The ending brought tears to my eyes.
Most highly recommended.