The Friends of the Elm Grove Library, in conjunction with Boswell Book Company and the Elm Grove Library, present an evening with the wonderful Anita Shreve, beloved author of "The Pilot's Wife" and "The Weight of Water." Shreve has charmed Milwaukee-area audiences over many years, first with her visits to the Harry W. Schwartz Bookshops and then at Boswell Book Company, and were excited to welcome her back. Her new novel is set during the Great Maine Fire of 1947, the largest in the state's history, and features Grace Holland, a young mother trapped in a loveless marriage. Please note that you must purchase a ticket to attend this event, either at Brown Paper Tickets or at the Elm Grove Library. Buying a book on this site does not grant you admission for this event. Please also note that there is no gift card option for this event, but a copy of The Stars Are Fire makes a great gift.— Boswell Book Company
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
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.