Resilience. Readers who enjoy those novels that can immerse one into a particular place and time alongside an interesting cast of characters with complicated relationships should consider reading Anita Shreve’s novel titled, The Stars Are Fire. Set on the coast of Maine in 1947, Shreve focuses on protagonist Grace Holland, a young mother of two with a third on the way. Grace’s Husband, Gene, has withdrawn from intimacy in their relationship, to Grace’s chagrin. A huge fire destroys the town, and Shreve presents the variety of ways in which the characters are resilient, and provide support for each other. Shreve multiplies the ways in which Grace’s resilience is tested, and how Grace finds ways to thrive.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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