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The Fires

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The all consuming hunger of a spreading blaze Ella's heart seethes with a rage that can be spoken only with tongues of flameIn her remarkable first novel Rene Steinke has created a narrator so lyrical and lucid in her madness as to raise the book to the level of romance Trapped in a sleepy Indiana town torn by inner demons that drive her to p There's the basis of what could have been a really good novel in the mess that is The Fires but it's just put together all wrong The main character Ella is an amalgamation of dysfunctions that probably aimed at making someone intriguing and tortured but only leaves a confused impression of a person where her sole good uality is that she isn't a racist The plot has a lot of revelations about Ella's family that are good on paper but presented in the wrong order so that the tension leeches out almost immediately after the first big plot twist at the plot's mid point I wanted to care but couldn't in the end

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Smoke has as many different scents as skin Part of the pleasure is not knowing what it will be sulfurous or closer to incense or airier and sweeter as I imagine the smell of cloudsElla is a connoisseur of fire a woman enthralled by it as other women are by love She savors the seductive promise of a spark the caress of a curling wisp of smoke The prose of this novel is rich and poetic as we follow Ella a 22 yr old woman through that crooked place between childhood and adulthood between following the path that our parents told us would be there and finding our own pathsHere Steinke uses fire in the past Ella bears scares from childhood and in the present Ella is fascinated by fire and begins to set them as the motif for destruction and change I found the whole novel satisfying and cathartic

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Yromania and promiscuity Ella is at once entirely original and unforgettably realAs she struggles to come to terms with her family's tormented past and her own uncertain future she draws the mesmerized reader ever deeper into her scorched soul revealing a sensuality that will spiral into final fiery destruction unless it can be uenched by lov Perhaps because I read this book almost immediately following The Seas Samantha Hunt and they share plot elements I was left wanting something different The story is engaging and the characters very well developed albeit damaged


About the Author: Rene Steinke

Rene Steinke's most recent novel Friendswood will be published in August with Riverhead Books She is also the author of The Fires and Holy Skirts a novel based on the life of the Baroness Elsa von Freytag Loringhoven Holy Skirts was a finalist for the 2005 National Book Award Steinke's writing has also appeared in The New York Times Vogue Bookforum Triuarterly and in anthologies She te



8 thoughts on “The Fires

  1. says:

    The prose of this novel is rich and poetic as we follow Ella a 22 yr old woman through that crooked place between childhood and adulthood between following the path that our parents told us would be there and finding our own pathsHere Steinke uses fire in the past Ella bears scares from childhood and in the present Ella is fascinated by fire and begins to set them as the motif for destruction and change I found the whole novel satisfying and cathartic


  2. says:

    Good writing the words flowed and chopped I thoroughly enjoyed the actual writing However the story left much to be desired It built and built and built then never uite sparked


  3. says:

    There's the basis of what could have been a really good novel in the mess that is The Fires but it's just put together all wrong The main character Ella is an amalgamation of dysfunctions that probably aimed at making someone intriguing and tortured but only leaves a confused impression of a person where her sole good uality is that she isn't a racist The plot has a lot of revelations about Ella's family that are good on paper but presented in the wrong order so that the tension leeches out almost immediately after the first big plot twist at the plot's mid point I wanted to care but couldn't in the end


  4. says:

    Eh I picked up this book because I'm a sucker for titles and interesting looking covers I thought the book would lead somewhere All of the unknown family secrets were not very interesting They left me thinking That's it? They certainly weren't big enough reasons to carry on the way they did throughout the book I also thought there was going to be some hidden reason for the main character having burns all over her body but no There wasn't even closure at the end The story was just over with no real resolution Waste of my time


  5. says:

    Perhaps because I read this book almost immediately following The Seas Samantha Hunt and they share plot elements I was left wanting something different The story is engaging and the characters very well developed albeit damaged


  6. says:

    Not for me read about 75 pages and gave up


  7. says:

    eh very dark glad it was short


  8. says:

    This book was not big on character development or even world creationdevelopment It wasn't my style


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