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American Fire

Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land

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American Fire

American Fire

Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land

Audio CD

07/11/2017

6 Audio CD

448 minutes

9781520075846

Audio Library Digital

07/11/2017

448 minutes

9781520075860

Audio Retail Digital

07/11/2017

448 minutes

9781520075877

Audio MP3 CD

07/11/2017

1 Audio MP3 CD

448 minutes

9781520075884

Playaway

07/11/2017

448 minutes

9781520075891

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Shocked by a five-month arson spree that left rural Virginia reeling, Washington Post reporter Monica Hesse drove down to Accomack County to cover the trial of Charlie Smith, who pled guilty to sixty-seven counts of arson. But Charlie wasn't lighting fires alone: he had an accomplice, his girlfriend Tonya Bundick. Through her depiction of the dangerous shift that happened in their passionate relationship, Hesse brilliantly brings to life the once-thriving coastal community and its distressed inhabitants, who had already been decimated by a punishing economy before they were terrified by a string of fires they could not explain. Incorporating this drama into the long-overlooked history of arson in the United States, American Fire re-creates the anguished nights that this quiet county spent lit up in flames, mesmerizingly evoking a microcosm of rural America - a land half gutted before the fires even began.

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A captivating story about arson, persistent law enforcers, an unlikely romantic relationship, and a courtroom drama..., Kirkus

...A page-turning story of love gone off the rails., Publishers Weekly

Hesse enters the compelling narrative with restraint in probing, essayistic analyses. She tells the story of the fires and of the Eastern Shore and the people she got to know there with an earned familiarity that, at the same time, speaks of the unknowability of a vast, rapidly changing nation., Booklist

Hesse, who covered the arsons for The Washington Post, is an ace reporter, but she's an even better storyteller. American Fire is as propulsive as a crime thriller. A-, Entertainment Weekly

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