THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO AUTHOR ILLNESS
Wednesday, April 26, 7:00 PM
Location: The Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street
Earle J. Shettleworth Jr. Lecture Hall
Bestselling novelist Anita Shreve presents her new novel, THE STARS ARE FIRE
Co-sponsored by The Maine Historical Society
Anita Shreve presents her new novel, THE STARS ARE FIRE, set in post-World War II Maine. In October 1947, after a summer long drought, fires break out all along the Maine coast from Bar Harbor to Kittery and are soon racing out of control from town to village. Five months pregnant, Grace Holland is left alone to protect her two toddlers when her husband, Gene, joins the volunteer firefighters. Along with her best friend, Rosie, and Rosie's two young children, Grace watches helplessly as their houses burn to the ground, the flames finally forcing them all into the ocean as a last resort. The women spend the night frantically protecting their children, and in the morning find their lives forever changed: homeless, penniless, awaiting news of their husbands' fate, and left to face an uncertain future in a town that no longer exists. In the midst of this devastating loss, Grace discovers glorious new freedoms--joys and triumphs she could never have expected her narrow life with Gene could contain--and her spirit soars. And then the unthinkable happens--and Grace's bravery is tested as never before.