Ashes of Fiery Weather

Ashes of Fiery Weather

Book - 2016
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"A debut novel about the passionate loves and tragic losses of six generations of women in a family of firefighters, spanning from famine-era Ireland to Brooklyn a decade after 9/11 "There isn't anything in the world that hurts like a burn." No one knows the pain of a fire more than the women of the Keegan/O'Reilly clan. Kathleen Donohoe's stunning debut novel brings to life seven unsentimental, wry, and evocative portraits of women from a family of firefighters. When we meet Norah -- the first member of her family to move from Ireland to New York -- she is a mother of three, contemplating her husband's casket as his men give him a full fireman's funeral, and faced with a terrible choice. Norah's mother-in-law, Delia, is stoic and self-preserving. Her early losses have made her keep her children close and her secrets closer. Eileen, Delia's daughter, adopted from Ireland and tough-as-nails, yet desperate for a sense of belonging, is one of the first women firefighters in New York. It is through her eyes that we experience 9/11, blindsided by the events of that terrible day along with her. Poignant, wise, and immersive, Ashes of Fiery Weather is a tour de force in the tradition of Let the Great World Spin, one that explores the emotional wounds and ultimate resilience of those drawn to fire, as well as the many ways we search for each other, and the many ways we hope to be rescued. "--
Publisher: Boston, Massachusetts : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, ©2016.
ISBN: 9780544464056
Characteristics: 403 pages :,genealogical table ;,24 cm.


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Mar 10, 2017

This book started so well but somewhere it got lost. My understanding was that it was about the impact on the wives & families when they lose a fireman. I maybe misunderstood the review I saw somewhere. Anyway I followed through with the women from the family tree then Mattie turned up, not part of it. I didn't see the women as strong women either they mostly appeared to be manipulating & dishonest to me. A strong start that moved into a dwindle.

Jan 10, 2017

Interesting story of an Irish family in New York who were firefighters or family of the firefighters. However there is a twist as the story as it is told from the viewpoint of the women in these lives, only one of which is a firefighter herself. It I told by the different women and moves around in time to link their history together. From the eighteen hundreds through 9/11 until almost 20 years after. These are strong women who made the most of their lives and those of their children,

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