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Author Talk: , author of The Stars Are Fire

Apr 20, 2017

Anita Shreve, the author of such bestsellers as THE WEIGHT OF WATER and THE PILOT’S WIFE (an Oprah's Book Club selection), has written her first novel since 2013’s STELLA BAIN. THE STARS ARE FIRE tells the remarkable story of a young mother who survives a catastrophic fire that burns down her town and must begin life anew without her husband, who has gone missing. In this interview, Shreve talks about the real-life Maine fires of 1947 that inspired the book, the effects of climate change and natural disasters on the individual, the constraints that the strict gender roles of the 1940s placed on women, and the significance of the novel’s title.