Format:
Book
Author:
Hesse, Monica, author.
Title:
American fire : love, arson, and life in a vanishing land / Monica Hesse.
Edition:
First edition.
Publisher, Date:
New York, N.Y. : Liveright Publishing Corporation, [2017]
Description:
255 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Summary:
"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....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." -- provided by publisher.
Subjects:
Arson -- Virginia -- Accomack County.
Rural crimes -- Virginia -- Accomack County.
Accomack County (Va.) -- Rural conditions.
Accomack County (Va.) -- Economic conditions.
Accomack County (Va.) -- Social conditions.
Contents:
"Charge that line!" -- "The South starts here" -- "Orange in the sky" -- Charlie -- Monomanie incendiaire -- Tonya -- "Like a ghost" -- "Tell us what you know about that" -- Charlie and Tonya -- SchroŐądinger's evidence -- The eastern shore arsonist hunters -- "I've seen enough ass to know" -- "Like hell was coming up through the ground" -- Tonya and Charlie -- "They're not hunters at all" -- "I didn't light them all" -- "Someday they'll go down together" -- "Everybody has a reason for why they do things in life" -- "I can't tell you something I don't know" -- "Midnight without makeup" -- The broken things -- "Time to wake up" -- Burned -- "We'd done it before" -- "They came out of everywhere" -- "Moral turpitude" -- What happened next -- "It's over"
ISBN:
9781631490514
1631490516
Other Number:
959880174
System Availability:
2
Current Holds:
5
# Local items:
2
Control Number:
1330855
Call Number:
364.16/42/09/75516
Course Reserves:
0
# Local items in:
0
# System items in:
0