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    American Fire
    Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land

    by Monica Hesse

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    • Language: english
    • Format: hardcover, 255 pages
    • ISBN: 9781631490514 (1631490516)
    • Awards: Agatha Award Nominee for Best Nonfiction (2017), Edgar Award Nominee for Best Fact Crime (2018), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Nonfiction (2017)
    • Release date: July 11, 2017
    • Genres: crime, history, mystery, adult, journalism, sociology, biography
    • Author: Monica Hesse
    • Publisher: Liveright

    About The Book

    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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