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The Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve

Updated: Jan 21



⁣TITLE: The Stars are Fire⁣

AUTHOR: Anita Shreve⁣

PUBLISHER: Random House⁣

YR PUBLISHED: 2017⁣

STARS: ★★★⁣*

SUMMARY: “In October 1947, fires break out all along the Maine coast, racing out of control from town to village. Five months pregnant, Grace Holland is left alone to protect her two toddlers and eventually save her family.⁣

Left homeless, penniless, and abandoned to an uncertain future, Grace discovers glorious new freedoms and her spirit soars, but in the end, her bravery is tested as never before.” (adapted from Goodreads)⁣

REVIEW: The Stars are Fire came into my life as a book club book, picked out because we love Historical Fiction. But what started as a promising premise, for me, quickly turned into a disappointing read. Honestly, the whole experience of reading this story was like a bad case of “I didn’t get what I expected.” ⁣⁣

EXPECTED: A vivid portrayal of post-WWII America.⁣

REALITY: Very slim connection to the era. ⁣

EXPECTED: A heroine who is smart, genuine, and admirable. ⁣

REALITY: A very confusing woman who really, for me, was very unlikable in the end. ⁣

EXPECTED: An intricate and well paced plot-line.⁣

REALITY: A very sad roller-coaster of a story that oddly wrapped up in a tidy little bow at the end. ⁣

★ Ultimately, the Stars are Fire really missed the mark for me. ★⁣

On the positive end, I did enjoy Shreve’s writing style. I found it easy to read and very beautifully descriptive. I also found the story (as it would stand alone on a concept-board) fascinating, but packed up with a very unremarkable cast of supporting characters, it was nothing special. ⁣

Overall, an interesting but forgettable book.⁣

SENSITIVITY WARNINGS: Domestic abuse, Infant loss, Wildfire, home loss & severe burn injury.⁣

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