From the Library – “The Stars Are Fire” by Anita Shreve is the February 2022 Selection of the Iron Book Group

The Iron Book Discussion Group will meet in February to discuss The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve.

BOOK DESCRIPTION: 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.

An in-person discussion of The Stars Are Fire will be held on Tuesday, February 8, at 7:00 PM. If you’d like to attend, please register now through our Event Calendar.

We will also be hosting an online discussion of the book via Zoom on Thursday, February 10, at 3:00 PM. You can register to attend this virtual discussion through our Event Calendar. You will receive an email with the login information for the Zoom meeting.

Copies of The Stars Are Fire are currently available on our 1st Floor on the Book Discussion Shelf (just behind our New Books). You can also borrow a copy through OverDrive/Libby as an ebook or an audiobook.

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