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    American Fire:
    Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land
    by Monica Hesse
    English | 2017 | State & Local | ePub | 6.5 Mb
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    One of NPR's Best Books of 2017

    A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year

    A breathtaking feat of reportage, American Fire combines procedural with love story, redefining American tragedy for our time.

    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.

    The culprit, and the path that led to these crimes, is a story of twenty-first century America. Washington Post reporter Monica Hesse first drove down to the reeling county to cover a hearing for Charlie Smith, a struggling mechanic who upon his capture had promptly pleaded guilty to sixty-seven counts of arson. But as Charlie’s confession unspooled, it got deeper and weirder. He wasn’t lighting fires alone; his crimes were galvanized by a surprising love story. Over a year of investigating, Hesse uncovered the motives of Charlie and his accomplice, girlfriend Tonya Bundick, a woman of steel-like strength and an inscrutable past. Theirs was a love built on impossibly tight budgets and simple pleasures. They were each other’s inspiration and escape…until they weren’t.

    Though it’s hard to believe today, one hundred years ago Accomack was the richest rural county in the nation. Slowly it’s been drained of its industry―agriculture―as well as its wealth and population. In an already remote region, limited employment options offer little in the way of opportunity. A mesmerizing and crucial panorama with nationwide implications, American Fire asks what happens when a community gets left behind. Hesse brings to life the Eastern Shore and its inhabitants, battling a punishing economy and increasingly terrified by a string of fires they could not explain. The result evokes the soul of rural America―a land half gutted before the fires even began.
    8 pages of illustrations

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    An Amazon Best Book of July 2017: A passionate love affair is often described as an “inferno,” but in 2012 and 2013, boyfriend and girlfriend Charlie Smith and Tonya Bundick turned the metaphor into reality as they lit 70-plus fires in derelict buildings across Virginia’s Accomack County. Monica Hesse’s spare but memorable prose sketches the true story of a once-prosperous county now in sharp economic decline, its derelict buildings easy targets for Smith and Bundick. But Accomack County’s plunging fortunes is the simplistic explanation for the arson epidemic, and Hesse pushes that aside to plumb the complicated personal relationships, the tight-knit community, and the stories told in small towns that can shape a person’s destiny just as surely as one’s actions. When Smith and Bundick set fire after fire—sometimes several a night—the exhausted volunteer firefighters in Accomack County band together to stop the arsonists putting a match to their way of life. Hesse can do with a handful of words what other writers do with paragraphs, and as she traces the intersecting paths of the amateur arsonists and the authorities determined to capture them, she reveals that every crime has its own personal, sometimes inscrutable DNA. --Adrian Liang, The Amazon Book Review

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    “American Fire is an excellent summer vacation companion. It has all the elements of a lively crime procedural: courtroom drama, forensic trivia, toothsome gossip, vexed sex. It also happens to be a very good portrait of a region in economic decline. . . . As with “S-Town” and the best episodes of “This American Life,” Hesse has managed to wring tension and excitement out of a story with a known ending.”
    - Jennifer Senior, New York Times

    “The propulsive pleasure of American Fire rests in author Monica Hesse's decision not to force a thing. The book has the brisk diligence of big-city journalism (Hesse writes for the Washington Post) and the languid chattiness of the small town where she lived while researching it. . . . Hesse gathers the pieces but leaves connections to the reader. When they snap together, the feeling is a bit like gazing upon a blaze you've just lit.”
    - Karl Vick, Time

    “Hesse, who covered the arsons for The Washington Post, is an ace reporter, but she’s an even better storyteller. American Fire is as propulsive as a crime thriller. A-”
    - Tina Jordan, Entertainment Weekly

    “In American Fire, journalist Monica Hesse faces . . . quandaries of interpretation, faulty memory and lies, and deals eloquently with the he-said-she-said elements of her story. . . . What emerges is a vivid depiction of a community that is struggling economically in present-day America, but is rich in its human connections.”
    - Ilana Masad, NPR.org

    “A brisk, captivating and expertly crafted reconstruction of a community living through a time of fear, confusion and danger. . . . Masterful.”
    - Scott W. Berg, Washington Post

    “One of the year's best and most unusual true-crime books.”
    - Randy Dotinga, Christian Science Monitor

    “Mesmerizing. . . . Hesse recounts the fires and their investigation and the subsequent trials with cinematic immediacy.”
    - Jonathan Miles, Garden & Gun

    “Accomack County, Virginia, is utterly unique, but not completely atypical of America’s forgotten places: bypassed by progress on the wrong side of Chesapeake Bay, dotted with houses rotting into literal tinder. Hesse, a Washington Post reporter, finds true-crime gold here . . . . Hesse forgoes paint-by-numbers suspense, revealing the culprits early on before backing up into their hard-knock love story, their eventual arrest, and perceptive snapshots of an unusually vivid corner of drug-racked Red America.”
    - Boris Katchka, Vulture

    “American Fire is not only a twisted love story but also a portrait of Accomack County, Virginia, a once-wealthy farming community crumbling from economic hardship.”
    - Nora Horvath, Real Simple

    “Hesse enters the compelling narrative with restraint in probing, essayistic analyses. She tells the story of the fires and of the Eastern Shore and the people she got to know there with an earned familiarity that, at the same time, speaks of the unknowability of a vast, rapidly changing nation.”
    - Annie Bostrom, Booklist, starred review

    CONTENTS

    PREFACE
    1. “CHARGE THAT LINE!”
    2. “THE SOUTH STARTS HERE”
    3. “ORANGE IN THE SKY”
    4. CHARLIE
    5. MONOMANIE INCENDIAIRE
    6. TONYA
    7. “LIKE A GHOST”
    8. “TELL US WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT THAT”
    9. CHARLIE AND TONYA
    10. SCHRÖDINGER’S EVIDENCE
    11. THE EASTERN SHORE ARSONIST HUNTERS
    12. “I’VE SEEN ENOUGH ASS TO KNOW”
    13. “LIKE HELL WAS COMING UP THROUGH THE GROUND”
    14. TONYA AND CHARLIE
    15. “THEY’RE NOT HUNTERS AT ALL”
    16. “I DIDN’T LIGHT THEM ALL”
    17. “SOMEDAY THEY’LL GO DOWN TOGETHER”
    18. “EVERYBODY HAS A REASON FOR WHY THEY DO THINGS IN LIFE”
    19. “I CAN’T TELL YOU SOMETHING I DON’T KNOW”
    20. “MIDNIGHT WITHOUT MAKEUP”
    21. THE BROKEN THINGS
    22. “TIME TO WAKE UP”
    23. BURNED
    24. “WE’D DONE IT BEFORE”
    25. “THEY CAME OUT OF EVERYWHERE”
    26. “MORAL TURPITUDE”
    27. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT
    28. “IT’S OVER”
    ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
    NOTES

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