After the Fire

After the Fire : A Novel

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Based on real wildfires, and real tragedies, Daniel Robinson delivers achilling, vivid nightmare in this powerful first novel of loss, guilt, andrecovery. Barnes, the supervisor of a Hot Shot wildfire suppression crew is haunted bythe season past, when many members of his dedicated, young team were killedin a Colorado forest fire that went all wrong, scorching the Hot Shots asthey fled, some as they struggled into their fire shelters. He wakes eachmorning in the presence of their ghosts as they proceed across his bedroomor assemble at his kitchen table, their eyes asking questions that he cannotanswer. As he tries to unravel the threads of what happened-what wentwrong-he relives the deadly fire again and again in his mind. Barnes's responsibility for the lost lives is an unbearable weight upon him, lightened only by his neighbor, a little girl named Grace, who lives withher mother and grandfather. This family of three has its own struggles, andBarnes is able to help each of them through the simple act of friendshipand, finally, one lucky act of salvation. But it is they who save him, ultimately, and as Barnes becomes more deeply enmeshed in their lives, heunderstands that the ghosts may not be with him forever.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.28 x 25.4mm | 408.23g
  • Lyons Press
  • Guilford, CT, Australia
  • English
  • First.
  • 1585747602
  • 9781585747603

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Based on real wildfires, and real tragedies, Daniel Robinson delivers a chilling, vivid nightmare in this powerful first novel of loss, guilt, and recovery. Barnes, the supervisor of a Hot Shot wildfire suppression crew, is haunted by the season past, when many members of his dedicated, young team were killed in a Colorado forest fire that went all wrong, scorching the Hot Shots as they fled, some as they struggled into their fire shelters. He wakes each morning in the presence of their ghosts as they proceed across his bedroom or assemble at his kitchen table, their eyes asking questions that he cannot answer. As he tries to unravel the threads of what happened - what went wrong - he relives the deadly fire again and again in his mind. Barnes's responsibility for the lost lives is an unbearable weight upon him, lightened only by his neighbor, a little girl named Grace, who lives with her mother and grandfather. This family of three has its own struggles, and Barnes is able to help each of them through the simple act of friendship and, finally, one lucky act of salvation. But it is they who save him, ultimately, and as Barnes becomes more deeply enmeshed in their lives, he understands that the ghosts may not be with him forever. Robinson skillfully pieces together the past while interweaving it with the present, creating an unforgettable mosaic of heroism, fatal errors, sorrow, and hope.show more

Review quote

Daniel Robinson's novel takes us as close to a forest fire as safely possible and just as closely into the troubled memories of a man who must come to terms with his role in the death of his crew members. Impressive in its knowledge, moving its very human connections, and sure-handed in the telling, AFTER THE FIRE leaves a scorching mark. --Steven Schwartz, author of the novels Therapy and A Good Doctor's Sonshow more

About Daniel Robinson

Daniel Robinson spent twelve years as a member and then supervisor of the Hot Shot wildfire suppression crews. He has been a logger, land reclamation worker, tree planter, and coffee shop owner, and is a graduate of the writing program at the University of Denver.show more

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