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American Fire - Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land

Monica Hesse

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.

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.
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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Tanya Eby

Length:

7h 28m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:00


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

16:33


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

18:10


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

27:57


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

15:40


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

14:02


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

12:37


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

29:00


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

21:26


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

15:22


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

11:36


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

15:46


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

14:26


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

12:27


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

13:30


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:33


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

12:08


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

12:40


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

21:59


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

22:35


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:36


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

21:40


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

16:33


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

02:47


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

36:13


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

18:47


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:15


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

13:38


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

09:16