American Fire (MP3 CD)

Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land

By Monica Hesse, Tanya Eby (Narrated by)

Dreamscape Media, 9781520075884

Publication Date: July 11, 2017

Other Editions of This Title:
Compact Disc (7/11/2017)
Paperback (5/22/2018)
Hardcover (7/11/2017)

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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.