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American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land (original 2017; edição 2017)

por Monica Hesse (Autor)

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The arsons started on a cold November midnight and didn't stop for months. Night after night, the people of Accomack County waited to see which building would burn down next, regarding each other at first with compassion, and later suspicion. Vigilante groups sprang up, patrolling the rural Virginia coast with cameras and camouflage. Volunteer firefighters slept at their stations. The arsonist seemed to target abandoned buildings, but local police were stretched too thin to surveil them all. Accomack was desolate--there were hundreds of abandoned buildings. And by the dozen they were burning. "One of the year's best and most unusual true-crime books" (Christian Science Monitor), American Fire brings to vivid life the reeling county of Accomack. "Ace reporter" (Entertainment Weekly) Monica Hesse spent years investigating the story, emerging with breathtaking portraits of the arsonists--troubled addict Charlie Smith and his girlfriend, Tonya Bundick. Tracing the shift in their relationship from true love to crime spree, Hesse also conjures the once-thriving coastal community, decimated by a punishing economy and increasingly suspicious of their neighbors as the culprits remained at large. Weaving the story into the history of arson in the United States, the critically acclaimed American Fire re-creates the anguished nights this quiet county lit up in flames, evoking a microcosm of rural America--a land half-gutted before the fires began.… (mais)
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Título:American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land
Autores:Monica Hesse (Autor)
Informação:Liveright (2017), Edition: 1, 288 pages
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I worked a lot on the eastern shore in the late 1980s and thru the 1990s and knew each of the small towns mentioned here. And I witnessed the growing number of abandoned houses (some converted to migrant labor camps, then abandoned) and sheds. And the change from locally owned farms to corporate farms. I’m glad these and other socio-economic factors are addressed in the book.
The book is well researched and well written. I like that we’re told who dunit right up front, then are along for the ride as the locals and other law enforcement try to figure it out. And it drove them crazy knowing it had to be one of their own. ( )
  jimgosailing | Nov 18, 2021 |
Truth is indeed stranger than fiction, and in the case of AMERICAN FIRE, more compelling and fascinating. As I read this book I lost count of the times I thought "if you wrote that as fiction people would say it couldn't have happened." But it did happen. Ms. Hesse has a wonderful writing style and AMERICAN FIRE succeeds both as a tick-tock real crime drama and as an overview of life in rural America in the 21st century. That is no mean feat. I am always partial to the way reporters write, I like to know the facts and I like them laid out in a logical and discernible pattern. This book definitely has that, she did incredible research and on the ground reporting and it shows. By the way don't skip the "Notes" section at the end of the book, it is full of good information and background that gives you real faith in the story. She also manages to treat everyone with dignity and allows people (when possible) to tell their own story. It did not feel at all condescending to me but I may not be totally qualified to judge that. I can say that I found myself absolutely drawn to the people in the story, I felt like I got to know them in a small way. Ms. Hesse also looks at how Accomack County fits into the story of America today and again I found it to be a worthwhile discussion. Her voice is very strong and I especially enjoyed how she was able to be conversational without it seeming to be an artifice. I laughed out loud a little on the Metro when I read the opening to Chapter 17, "We need to address, for a moment, Bonnie and Clyde." It felt like we were sitting around and she was talking to me. You will find this book hard to put down so you will read it fairly quickly but it will stick with you when you are done. A truly interesting book. ( )
  MarkMad | Jul 14, 2021 |
American Fire; Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land, by Monica Hesse (pp 255). Published 2017. Disclaimer: Aside from Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood and very few others, I’m not much attracted to true crime stories. In fact, I hunted up this book only when I learned the author is the wife of a friend of mine from time working in D.C. I even met her is passing on a raft trip on the Potomac River, having no idea she was (or would become) a feature writer for the Washington Post, not to mention a bestselling author. That said, I loved this book about an unmarried couple living on the eastern shore of Virginia who in late 2012 and early 2013 were accused of burning down over sixty abandoned buildings over the course of several months. Those fires were fought by several volunteer fire departments throughout the area, making the volunteers’ lives both exciting and exhausting. The motives and facts remain murky. One of the accused pled guilty and the other protested innocence, placing full blame of the arsons on the other. Regardless, few believed their stories. This is the story of the two lovers, the rural backwater in which they lived, the many acts of arson, and their subsequent trials. The author weaves the various elements of the story, including both colorful and muted characters, into a compelling tapestry of words. Had I not needed to eat and sleep, I would have read these 255 pages in one sitting. As a personal note, in order to get the book, I did the nearly unthinkable: I got a copy from the library. I can only hope that as I peruse the aisles of my local thrift stores I’ll come across a copy I can put on a shelf at home. Get the book - you just may love it. ( )
  wildh2o | Jul 10, 2021 |
This is excellent. It's the kind of nonfiction that reads like fiction. It's expertly written by Washington Post journalist Monica Hesse, and the storyline is fascinating.

On Nov. 12, 2012, an abandoned house on the Eastern Shore of Virginia burned to the ground, and over the following five months, dozens and dozens more followed -- 86 total. We meet the volunteer firefighters who responded each night as the county burned down; the police detectives and criminal profiles who worked tirelessly to figure out who the arsonist was. And we meet the man who was burning the fires for the woman he loved.

I learned a lot, I was compelled to turn each page and I highly recommend this whether you're a nonfiction reader or not.

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  angelahaupt | Jun 15, 2021 |
American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse is a 2017 Liveright publication.

This is an incredible piece of true crime journalism that explores the people and events that transpired in Accomack County. Virginia in 2012/13.

Within a short five- month time frame, an astonishing number of arson fires were set, mainly in abandoned buildings and houses. This was not your typical case of pyromania- this turned out to be a 'rampage' crime- committed by a couple who claimed love was at the core of their actions.

This book takes readers through the beginning of the relationship between Charlie Smith and Tonya Bundick, when the fires started, the escalation of the crimes and the investigation which led to Charlie’s arrest.

The book’s construction is very much like reading a long form piece in a magazine or newspaper-but so stylishly executed, that despite knowing who the Firestarter is, the reader is compelled to turn pages until they see the culprits are caught and their motives fully examined.

The author’s emotional involvement in the story is very evident. The combination of an economic decline, the once passionate-but chaste- relationship between Charlie and Tonya that turns toxic and unhealthy, and the power plays that pits one against the other makes for a riveting read.

The book is not long, but it packs a real punch. The psychology behind arson is puzzling in the first place- not counting insurance fraud- but this case really is one for the books.

I sensed the author had compassion for all concerned, even Charlie and Tonya- but I couldn’t quite muster the same level of charity for the doers. I sensed both Charlie and Tonya got a real premeditated thrill from it, and I have wondered just how far they may have gone if left unimpeded.

However, there is one thing that really stands out in all this mayhem- The volunteer firefighters who logged in a whopping number of hours trying to control these fires. Amazing! For them, and the entire community affected by the spree, I gained the utmost respect.

Overall, a fascinating and deeply absorbing, and thought- provoking true crime piece! ( )
  gpangel | Nov 1, 2020 |
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The arsons started on a cold November midnight and didn't stop for months. Night after night, the people of Accomack County waited to see which building would burn down next, regarding each other at first with compassion, and later suspicion. Vigilante groups sprang up, patrolling the rural Virginia coast with cameras and camouflage. Volunteer firefighters slept at their stations. The arsonist seemed to target abandoned buildings, but local police were stretched too thin to surveil them all. Accomack was desolate--there were hundreds of abandoned buildings. And by the dozen they were burning. "One of the year's best and most unusual true-crime books" (Christian Science Monitor), American Fire brings to vivid life the reeling county of Accomack. "Ace reporter" (Entertainment Weekly) Monica Hesse spent years investigating the story, emerging with breathtaking portraits of the arsonists--troubled addict Charlie Smith and his girlfriend, Tonya Bundick. Tracing the shift in their relationship from true love to crime spree, Hesse also conjures the once-thriving coastal community, decimated by a punishing economy and increasingly suspicious of their neighbors as the culprits remained at large. Weaving the story into the history of arson in the United States, the critically acclaimed American Fire re-creates the anguished nights this quiet county lit up in flames, evoking a microcosm of rural America--a land half-gutted before the fires began.

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