a catastrophic fire and its devastating aftermath

Intergenerational Book Club at Thomaston Public Library

THOMASTON — On Tuesday, August 20, at 2:30 p.m., the Thomaston Intergenerational Book Club will discuss The Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve. 

Based on the true story of the largest fire in Maine's history, a young woman tested by a catastrophic event and its devastating aftermath.  

From the publisher:

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.

On the third Tuesday of every month, the Intergenerational Book Club, a group of men and women of all ages, comes together at the library to share their opinions and ideas about the selected book.

All are welcome. If you live in Thomaston and would like to attend but need a ride, call the library at (207) 354-2453 a week before the discussion date.

In September, the group will discuss Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout. Copies will be available to borrow at the library and through interlibrary loan. For more information, contact the library at (207) 354-2453.  

Event Date: 

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 2:30pm


Thomaston Public Library
Thomaston  Maine
United States