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The White Hart Speaker Series: Anita Shreve
Wed, May 10, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
The White Hart Speaker Series is presented in collaboration with Oblong Books & Music & Scoville Memorial Library
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From the New York Times best-selling author of The Weight of Water and The Pilot's Wife (an Oprah's Book Club selection): 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 grew up in Dedham, Massachusetts, the eldest of three daughters. After graduating from Tufts University, she taught high school for a number of years in and around Boston. In the middle of her last year, she quit (something that, as a parent, she finds appalling now) to start writing. "I had this panicky sensation that it was now or never." Joking that she could wallpaper her bathroom with rejections from magazines for her short stories, she published her early work in literary journals. One of these stories, "Past the Island, Drifting," won an O. Henry prize. Despite this accolade, she quickly learned that one couldn't make a living writing short fiction. Switching to journalism, Shreve traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, where she lived for three years, working as a journalist for an African magazine. One of her novels, The Last Time They Met, contains bits and pieces from her time in Africa. She is the author of 13 other novels, among them the best selling The Weight of Water (made into a movie starring Elizabeth Hurley and Sean Penn), The Pilot's Wife (also a major feature film starring Christine Lahti), 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. Author image by Elena Seibert.