We are delighted to welcome New York Times bestselling author Anita Shreve to An Unlikely Story to discuss her novel The Stars are Fire her exquisite novel set in coastal Maine in the 1940s, about a young mother who is tested by a catastrophic event. Newly in paperback, this is one novel you won’t want to miss – with the poignant portrait of a marriage, the strong characters, and the narrative suspense, it’s the perfect book for book clubs. Join us for the discussion and a Q & A with the author.
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About the Book:
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Water and The Pilot’s Wife, an exquisite new novel set in coastal Maine in the 1940s, about a young mother who is tested by a catastrophic event.
In October 1947, Grace Holland is experiencing two simultaneous droughts. An unseasonably hot, dry summer has turned the state of Maine into a tinderbox, and Grace and her husband, Gene, have fallen out of love and barely speak. Five months pregnant and caring for two toddlers, Grace has resigned herself to a life of loneliness and domestic chores. One night she awakes to find that wildfires are racing down the coast, closer and closer to her house. Forced to pull her children into the ocean to escape the flames, Grace watches helplessly as everything she knows burns to the ground. By morning, her life is forever changed: she is homeless, penniless, awaiting news of her husband’s fate, and left to face an uncertain future in a town that no longer exists. With courage and stoicism, Grace overcomes devastating loss and, through the smoke, is able to glimpse the opportunity to rewrite her own story.
About the Author:
Anita Shreve’s novels have sold more than six million copies and have been translated into thirty-six languages. She lives with her husband in New Hampshire.