Adult Afternoon Book Discussion

Book: The Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve
Meeting Date & Time: Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 2 p.m.

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. – Amazon

The Stars are Fire is available now for checkout at the Circulation Desk in regular print and large print. This book is also available in e-book and e-audiobook formats. For more information and to register, please call the library at (708) 449-7510 or contact Robin at

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