The Sound of Fire

Renee Belliveau

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The Sound of Fire

  Author:   Renee Belliveau    
  Publisher:  Nimbus Publishing Limited

A breathtaking, fast-paced work of historical fiction based on the tragic true story of the 1941 Mount Allison University residence fire.

I have a history here. I am part of this landscape. I have forged it, shaped it, and renewed it time and again. At times, I have been a mishap. Once or twice, I was brought forth at the hands of mischief. This time, I was sparked to life. I awoke from the elements, timid and trembling.
In the basement of a residence at a small liberal arts university in rural New Brunswick, while war rages overseas, a fire breaks out in the middle of the night. The town is sleeping.
A novel of devastating beauty, based on the true story of the December 1941 fire that destroyed a men’s residence at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, killing four students, and bringing the horrors of war startlingly close to home. Told at a blistering pace and in multiple points of view – including characters based on Alex and Rhoda Colville, who were students at the time, as well as faculty and staff, students past and present, a local journalist, and suspicious townspeople – this stunning work of historical fiction explores themes of trauma, love, and humanity in the face of tragedy.

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ISBN associated with this title: 9781774710180
Item NB1575
PublisherNimbus Publishing Limited
PublisherNimbus Publishing Limited
Published on September 9 2021
Language eng
Pages 272
Format Paperback
Dimensions8.5(in) x 5.5(in)
Shipping weight363(g)
Status ACTIVE TITLE
Renée Belliveau is a writer and archivist who gladly spends her days surrounded by records from the past. She holds a BA from Mount Allison University, an MA from the University of Waterloo, and an MI from the University of Toronto. She previously published a memoir about her father's battle with cancer entitled Les étoiles à l?aube. She lives in New Brunswick with her Nova Scotian partner but calls any shore in the Maritimes home.

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"Both riveting and tender, The Sound of Fire is an unexpected page-turner rich with historical detail and an interconnected cast of vibrant characters. Belliveau's clean yet emotive prose paints a captivating portrait of a tragic fire in a small community told from multiple perspectives, including, most strikingly, from the fire itself."
–: Deborah Hemming, ReLit shortlisted author of Throw Down Your Shadows