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EBOOK º The Fireman's Wife: A Novel ê It s JuneAs 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 country marshes where Cassie has never quite 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 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 herself set in the carolinas juxtaposition between coastal south carolina and the mountains of north carolina in the 1970s, the fireman s wife centers around a 15 year old shotgun marriage and the husband and wife reevaluating their choices and lives i appreciated the description of the settings and the firefighting scenes seemed real to me i don t think the book explores the characters motivations enough and i was distracted by the subplot regarding an evil developer and the wife s mother s home. 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 3 4 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 almost in tears reading about their pain. I was surprised to like this book as much as I did, because generally I don t like these 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 I was surprised to like this book as much as I did, because generally I don t like these 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 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 journey.Cassie 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 to 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 push pull of the marriage relationship, and the sacrifices we both make for each other in that relationship It 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 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 keep it alive This novel was easy to read yet did indeed feel very realistic to me, with nothing seemingly black white, but taking into account all the complicated feelings associated with a marriag 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 keep it alive This novel was easy to read yet did indeed feel very realistic to me, with nothing seemingly 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 kept me engaged until the end