Ashes of Fiery Weather

Ashes of Fiery Weather

Book - 2016
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A multigenerational tale about the passionate loves and losses of women in a family of firefighters traces their experiences spanning from famine-era Ireland to Brooklyn a decade after the September 11 attacks.
Norah, the first member of her family to move from Ireland to New York, is a mother of three, contemplating her husband's casket as his men give him a full fireman's funeral, and faced with a terrible choice. Norah's mother-in-law, Delia, is stoic and self-preserving. Her early losses have made her keep her children close and her secrets closer. Eileen, Delia's daughter, adopted from Ireland and tough-as-nails, is desperate for a sense of belonging and is one of the first women firefighters in New York. As Delia experiences 9/11, the reader is blindsided by the events of that terrible day along with her.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780544464056
Characteristics: 403 pages : genealogical table ; 24 cm


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Mar 10, 2017

This book started so well but somewhere it got lost. My understanding was that it was about the impact on the wives & families when they lose a fireman. I maybe misunderstood the review I saw somewhere. Anyway I followed through with the women from the family tree then Mattie turned up, not part of it. I didn't see the women as strong women either they mostly appeared to be manipulating & dishonest to me. A strong start that moved into a dwindle.

Jan 10, 2017

Interesting story of an Irish family in New York who were firefighters or family of the firefighters. However there is a twist as the story as it is told from the viewpoint of the women in these lives, only one of which is a firefighter herself. It I told by the different women and moves around in time to link their history together. From the eighteen hundreds through 9/11 until almost 20 years after. These are strong women who made the most of their lives and those of their children,


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