American Fire

American Fire

Love, Arson, and Life in A Vanishing Land

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"The arsons started on a cold November midnight and didn't stop for months. Night after night, the people of Accomack County waited to see which building would burn down next, regarding each other at first with compassion, and later suspicion. Vigilante groups sprang up, patrolling the rural Virginia coast with cameras and camouflage. Volunteer firefighters slept at their stations. The arsonist seemed to target abandoned buildings, but local police were stretched too thin to surveil them all. Accomack was desolate--there were hundreds of abandoned buildings. And by the dozen they were burning. The culprit, and the path that led to these crimes, is a story of twenty-first century America"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W. W. Norton & Company,, [2017]
ISBN: 9781631490514
1631490516
Call Number: 364.1642 H4639a
Characteristics: 255 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Nov 19, 2017

This book is painfully boring and not worth your time. The writing is disconnected from feeling and the characters never become three-dimensional. I can see that the author was attempting to build the setting, and introduced characters with the intention of them supporting the two arsonists, but it didn't work. I am one of those people that finishes a book once I start it...I finished this one, but it was almost a throwaway.

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