Love, Arson, and Life in A Vanishing LandDownloadable Audiobook - 2017
Shocked by a five-month arson spree that left rural Virginia reeling, Washington Post reporter Monica Hesse drove down to Accomack County to cover the trial of Charlie Smith, who pled guilty to sixty-seven counts of arson. But Charlie wasn't lighting fires alone: he had an accomplice, his girlfriend Tonya Bundick. Through her depiction of the dangerous shift that happened in their passionate relationship, Hesse brilliantly brings to life the once-thriving coastal community and its distressed inhabitants, who had already been decimated by a punishing economy before they were terrified by a string of fires they could not explain. Incorporating this drama into the long-overlooked history of arson in the United States, American Fire re-creates the anguished nights that this quiet county spent lit up in flames, mesmerizingly evoking a microcosm of rural America--a land half gutted before the fires even began.
Publisher: Chicago : Dreamscape Media, LLC, 2017
Branch Call Number: E-AUDIOBOOK
Characteristics: audio file digital 1 online resource (1 sound file (7 hr., 31 min., 43 sec.)) : digital