The Stars Are Fire (Paperback)

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Anita Shreve’s 18th novel is set in the fall of 1947 during Maine’s worst natural disaster. After a severe drought, wild fires devour nine coastal towns and over 1,200 homes. One night, twenty-four-year-old Grace Holland finds herself and her two toddlers homeless, huddling overnight in the waves off the shore struggling to stay alive. Her young fire-fighting husband is missing. As she makes a new home for her children in her recently deceased mother-in-law’s home, she discovers a resilience to tragedy and a longing for a better life that is both encouraged and threatened by unexpected forces.

— Carol

May 2017 Indie Next List


“WOW! I began this book and couldn't put it down until the last page. Shreve is a masterful storyteller who mesmerizes with her marvelous characters. Grace is a woman who is stronger than she knows and the adversity she faces proves that point. I loved her resilience and zest for life. The men in her life - Gene, her husband; Aiden, the pianist who loves her; and John, a doctor and friend - are beautifully developed and kept me engaged to the end. A terrific read. Loved it!”
— Stephanie Crowe, Page & Palette, Fairhope, AL

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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER
Washington Post 50 Notable Works of Fiction 2017

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Weight of Water and The Pilot's Wife (an Oprah's Book Club selection): an exquisitely suspenseful new novel about an extraordinary young woman tested by a catastrophic event--based on the true story of the largest fire in Maine's history

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 is the New York Times best-selling author of seventeen previous novels that have been translated into thirty-six languages. She lives with her husband in New Hampshire.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780345806369
ISBN-10: 0345806360
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: March 27th, 2018
Pages: 320
Language: English