The brilliantly gripping new novel from the New York instances best-selling writer of The Pilot's Wife (an Oprah's booklet membership selection).
Hot breath on Grace's face. Claire is screaming, and charm is on her ft. As she lifts her daughter, a wall of fireside fills the window. might be 1 / 4 of a mile again, if even that. Where's Gene? did not he come domestic?
1947. Fires are racing alongside the coast of Maine after a summer-long drought, ravaging millions of acres, inflicting extraordinary confusion and worry.
Five months pregnant, Grace Holland is left on my own to guard her little toddlers while her tough and unpredictable husband Gene joins the volunteers struggling with to deliver the fireplace lower than keep an eye on. together with her ally, Rosie, and Rosie's little ones, the ladies watch in horror as their homes cross up in flames, then stroll into the sea as a final lodge. They spend the evening frantically attempting to shop their young ones. while sunrise comes, they've got miraculously survived, yet their lives are eternally replaced: homeless, penniless, and left to stand an doubtful future.
As Grace awaits information of her husband's destiny, she is thrust right into a new international during which she needs to make a lifestyles on her personal, starting with completely not anything; she needs to locate paintings, a house, how to offer for her childrens. in the middle of devastating loss, Grace discovers excellent new freedoms - joys and triumphs she might by no means have anticipated her slim existence with Gene may perhaps comprise - and her spirit soars. after which the unthinkable occurs, and Grace's bravery is validated as by no means before.