The Book of Earths: Hollow Earth, Ancient Maps, Atlantis, and Other Theories (Forgotten Books) kI m rarely interested in books where affairs are involved Inow life doesn t come in neat little packages but adultery just doesn t fit into the literary places I like TO ESCAPE I GAVE UP TRYING escape I gave up trying give this book a chance when the main character agrees to go away with her boyfriend before even considering what it will do to her teenage daughter You don t get to be that selfish for the sake of being selfish when you have An English Translation of Fa Tsangs Commentary on the Awakening of Faith kids There were no signs of abuse up to the point that I uit reading that would have changed my opinion greatlyLife s short and my to read list is long I m moving on to better things I really enjoyed this book and really really enjoyed having Jack come to our book club meeting Hearing him talk about writing the book and his feelings for the characters was fascinatingThe sense of place Northern edge of the South Carolina low country the Strand and up into the mountains of North Carolina was very real and well researched Being a map person and somewhatnowledgeable of the a Set in the summer of 1970 this is a story that could easily be set in present day as the themes presented are universal and undeniably real Told in alternating perspectives of husband and wife it tells the story of a marriage ultimately threatening to fall apart after 15 years of struggle to eep it alive This novel was easy to read yet did indeed feel very realistic to me with nothing alive This novel was easy to read yet did indeed feel very realistic to me with nothing black white but taking into account all the complicated feelings associated with a marriage resulting from an unplanned pregnancy and the necessity to do the right thing bringing two people together from very different geographical moral upbringings ultimately forcing one to make sacrifices in order to make the marriage survive Though the character of Cassie is difficult to sympathize with the feelings portrayed by her character are undeniably true to life But not only does this novel explore the marriage relationship between the two main characters it also explores the role of friendship work comraderie and family Ultimately I was pleasantly surpised by this novel especially as it picked up during the last one third of the book and ept me engaged until the end This is a book about choices and regrets It s about not leaving things unsaid I didn t realize how much I was into this book until about 34 of the way through when the really dramatic thing happens I m definitely not going to give it away here At that point I realized that I really had developed a connection to the characters to the point that I was that point I realized that I really had developed a connection to the characters to the point that I was in tears reading about their pain Cassie a mountain girl from North Carolina married young One summer trip to the beaches of South Carolina changed her college plans and her life when she fell in love and became pregnant Now living in the low country marshes. It’s June 1970 As the low country of South Carolina burns in a seven month drought Cassie Johnson longs for escape both from her husband Peck the town’s newly promoted fire chief who seems interested in saving everyone else’s life than in living his own and from the low coun. .
Dry air and crisp evenings as I endure the humidity of Louisiana This book made me think about all the places that I have lived and will live and how I will carry those places with me throughout our marriage journeyCassie and Peck get married after an unexpected pregnancy in the 1950s Cassie is rejected by her father a minister and gives up her dream Of Going To College By Having The Baby Cassie Continues going to college by having the baby Cassie continues feel unhappy and unfulfilled throughout their marriage because of her loss of self Peck is a fireman who is intensely focused on his work often to the detriment of his family life Because Riggs alternatively writes the novel from both Cassie and Peck s points of view as the reader I intimately identified with both of them while realizing they were flawed It made me think about the pushpull of the marriage relationship and the sacrifices we both make for each other in that relationship and the sacrifices we both make for each other in that relationship also reminded me of the utmost importance of communication and compassion for each other Jack Riggs won the Georgia Author of the Year Award for his first novel When the Finch Rises and I have to admit I am intrigued to read it While I m not sure this was a literary masterpiece it was a good fairly easy read that will resonate with any Southerner as well as provide some food for thought I had a very hard time getting into Riggs s work and found that while his characters were supposed to be both self interested and sympathetic they particualrly Cassie came across as selfish and flat Through out the setting of the scene I looked for a reason to like Cassie but just found myself wanting to be rid of herreturnThe last 100 pages of The Fireman s Wife were enjoyable than the first 200 and predictable enough that I m not sure you needed to have read the first 23 of the book to have seen them coming While it becomes easier to see the multi facted natures that would have made the characters intriguing the plot doesn t provide much in the way of surprisereturnRiggs has strung together a competent tale of a family that isn t and never can be picture perfect but it does not extend beyond that to be truly captivating or moving A so so novel I wasn t crazy about the charaters But The Plot Was Good the plot was good would read the author again This book didn t excite me until the final third of the book and I wish the energy that was there at the end of the book was portrayed throughout the entirety of the book Cassie and Peck both had their own separate storylines as well as a storyline together and I found myself longing for within their shared storyline I realize that the author s intent was to have Cassie find herself and put her pieces back together but I could only stand reading Cassie s point of view towards the end To me Peck was such a loveable character and I was rooting for him. Begin to understand the complicated love that resides unrecognized deep in her heartFrom a masterly voice in Southern fiction The Fireman’s Wife is an emotionally bare and moving novel about one woman’s struggle to do what’s right–for her family for her love and for hersel. ,
With her fireman husband Peck and teenage daughter Kelly Cassie always restless longs to break free and head back to her mountains The Fireman s Wife is told from the viewpoint of each of three main characters and the pain and confusion in their relationships come through the written word Although I became angry with Cassie I also felt sorry for her that she ept searching for regretting and became angry with Cassie I also felt sorry for her that she ept searching for regretting and she had lost something years ago Cassie finds out at great cost and too late what love truly is A great reader s guide is included The Fireman s Wife is a conflicted love story about two adults going through their own trials in life The novel began with heavy setting descriptions of the hot summer that took place in North Carolina June 1970 The setting did not intrigue me at first but I soon found out it was very important to the plot of the novel due to the dangers of the heat and dryness The chapters are written in first person present tense and alternate between Cassie s and Peck s the fireman s wife and the fireman s points of views As the author is a male I found his depiction of Peck to be honest and accurate Peck is a man of great valor responsibility and love However the depiction of Cassie is of a cold hearted woman who is very selfish I felt that the author was biased in these depictions and that the first person point of view didn t work as well for Cassie as it did for Peck Being a woman myself this stark contrast and biased characterization was disappointing I decided I wanted to finish the novel regardless of the minor irritations I had with the setting and characters I am glad I did The plot became intriguing about 13 of the way through At that point I was hooked the initial introduction of the characters became important to the conflicts and I felt myself identifying with both Characters As Everything Started as everything started come together Cassie was much human and humane When I was done reading the book I wanted It was difficult for me to start reading my next novel because I was still living in the world of The Fireman s Wife I was surprised to like this book as much as I did because generally I don t like these I magnifici dieci kinds of books see my review of Haweswater by Sarah Hall But the book deeply resonated with me in a couple of ways This book conveyed an incredible sense of place Peck is born and bred in the South Carolina low country and he feels at home nowhere else He only goes on vacation with Cassie four times during their entire fifteen year marriage to her childhood home in the North Carolina mountains Cassie has always felt lost and uncomfortable in the dry hot low country and longs for the lush wetness of home I have felt exactly like Cassie in the dry heat and winters of Colorado But also like Cassie after I left Colorado I sometimes long for the. Try marshes where Cassie has never uite felt at home But as Peck and Cassie drift apart their teenage daughter Kelly finds herself torn between her parents and her desperate need for normalcy It will take a tumultuous journey back to the North Carolina mountains before Cassie can.