Anita Shreve was a high school teacher and a freelance magazine journalist before writing fiction full time. She was the author of over fifteen novels as well as the international bestseller The Pilot's Wife, and The Weight of the Water, a finalist for the Orange Prize. Shreve taught writing at Amherst College and lived in Massachusetts.
'Anita Shreveand rsquo;s books are reliably engrossing literary page-turners, never formulaicand hellip;Shreve consistently creat----Kate manning, The Washington Post 'One of the pleasures of reading The Stars are Fire is Shreveand rsquo;s ability to impart an authentic feel of 1940s daily life... Shreveand rsquo;s writing is lovely.'----WBUR.com 'The ARTery' and ldquo;Long before Liane Moriarty was spinning her and ldquo;Big Little Lies, and rdquo; Shreve was spicing up domestic doings in beachfront settings with terrible husbands and third-act twists. She still is, as effectively as ever, this time with a narrative literally lit from within.and rdquo;----Mary Pols, New York Times Book Review and ldquo;Like her sensational best-selling 1998 novel The Pilotand rsquo;s Wife, about a widow who discovers her pilot husband had a second family, The Stars Are Fire explores what happens in the secret spaces between married peopleand hellip;Masterfuland hellip; lingers long after the last page is turned, like the smoke from a wildfire.and rdquo;----Patty Rhule, USA Today and ldquo;Precise, evocative prose brings the storyand rsquo;s vivid characters to lifeand hellip;original and gripping.and rdquo;----People 'This is a suspenseful and heartwarming story of not just overcoming but also growing in the face of great difficulty.'----Booklist 'This is sure to be a best seller. Shreve's prose mirrors the action of the fire, with popping embers of action, licks of blazing rage, and the slow burn of lyrical character development. Absolutely stunning.'----Library Journal (starred review, Editors' Spring Picks) 'It is a book of small moments, a collection of seemingly simple themes that build to surprising and moving crescendoes. Shreve's spare, economic prose suits her characterand rsquo;s practicality and initial hesitance to determine the course of her own life... Shreve's crisp writing becomes more expansive in the moments when her protagonist consciously stretches beyond the boundaries of her previously narrow life.'----BookPage and ldquo;I had the sense as I read Shreveand rsquo;s newest and 18th novel, The Stars Are Fire, that I was in the company of millions of phantom future readers who will adore this novel and devour it and recommend it to all their friends and book clubsand hellip;Shreveand rsquo;s storytelling choices feel organically wedded to her writing, a winning and essentially magical alchemyand hellip;Itand rsquo;s all totally irresistible. Along with storytelling mojo and stylistic verve, this novel has an excellent, suspenseful premise: Graceand rsquo;s life is upended and ultimately transformed by a real-life historical catastrophe, the wildfires that spread through coastal Maine in October of 1947, following months of severe droughtand hellip;.In fact, The Stars Are Fire is so virtuosic, so infallibly readable, it could very well sell more copies than all Shreveand rsquo;s others combined.and rdquo;----Kate Christensen, Portland Press-Herald