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The White Hart Speaker Series presented in collaboration with Oblong Books & Music and the  Scoville Memorial Library.



 An exquisitely suspenseful new novel about an extraordinary young woman tested by a catastrophic event and its devastating aftermath, based on the true story of the largest fire in Maine’s history. 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.


Anita Shreve  is the author of 13 other novels, among them the best selling The Weight of Water, The Pilot’s Wife, A Wedding in December, Body Surfing, Testimony, and A Change in Altitude. She is the recipient of the PEN/L. L. Winship Award and the New England Book Award for fiction.

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