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Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down - A Novel

Anne Valente

The lives of four teenagers are capsized by a shocking school shooting and its aftermath in this powerful debut novel, a coming-of-age story with the haunting power of Station Eleven and the bittersweet poignancy of Everything I Never Told You. As members of the yearbook committee, Nick, Zola, Matt, and Christina are eager to capture all the memorable moments of their junior year at Lewis and Clark High School-the plays and football games, dances and fund-drives, teachers and classes that are the epicenter of their teenage lives. But how do you document a horrific tragedy-a deadly school shooting by a classmate? Struggling to comprehend this cataclysmic event-and propelled by a sense of responsibility to the town, their parents, and their school-these four "lucky" survivors vow to honor the memories of those lost, and also, the memories forgotten in the shadow of violence. But the shooting is only the first inexplicable trauma to rock their small suburban St. Louis town. A series of mysterious house fires have hit the families of the victims one by one, pushing the grieving town to the edge. Nick, the son of the lead detective investigating the events, plunges into the case on his own, scouring the Internet to uncover what could cause a fire with no evident starting point. As their friend pulls farther away, Matt and Christina battle to save damaged relationships, while Zola fights to keep herself together. A story of grief, community, and family, of the search for understanding and normalcy in the wake of devastating loss, Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down explores profound questions about resiliency, memory, and recovery that brilliantly illuminate the deepest recesses of the human heart.

The lives of four teenagers are capsized by a shocking school shooting and its aftermath in this powerful debut novel, a coming-of-age story with the haunting power of Station Eleven and the bittersweet poignancy of Everything I Never Told You. As members of the yearbook committee, Nick, Zola, Matt, and Christina are eager to capture all the memorable moments of their junior year at Lewis and Clark High School-the plays and football games, dances and fund-drives, teachers and classes that are the epicenter of their teenage lives. But how do you document a horrific tragedy-a deadly school shooting by a classmate? Struggling to comprehend this cataclysmic event-and propelled by a sense of responsibility to the town, their parents, and their school-these four "lucky" survivors vow to honor the memories of those lost, and also, the memories forgotten in the shadow of violence. But the shooting is only the first inexplicable trauma to rock their small suburban St. Louis town. A series of mysterious house fires have hit the families of the victims one by one, pushing the grieving town to the edge. Nick, the son of the lead detective investigating the events, plunges into the case on his own, scouring the Internet to uncover what could cause a fire with no evident starting point. As their friend pulls farther away, Matt and Christina battle to save damaged relationships, while Zola fights to keep herself together. A story of grief, community, and family, of the search for understanding and normalcy in the wake of devastating loss, Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down explores profound questions about resiliency, memory, and recovery that brilliantly illuminate the deepest recesses of the human heart.
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The lives of four teenagers are capsized by a shocking school shooting and its aftermath in this powerful debut novel, a coming-of-age story with the haunting power of Station Eleven and the bittersweet poignancy of Everything I Never Told You. As members of the yearbook committee, Nick, Zola, Matt, and Christina are eager to capture all the memorable moments of their junior year at Lewis and Clark High School-the plays and football games, dances and fund-drives, teachers and classes that are the epicenter of their teenage lives. But how do you document a horrific tragedy-a deadly school shooting by a classmate? Struggling to comprehend this cataclysmic event-and propelled by a sense of responsibility to the town, their parents, and their school-these four "lucky" survivors vow to honor the memories of those lost, and also, the memories forgotten in the shadow of violence. But the shooting is only the first inexplicable trauma to rock their small suburban St. Louis town. A series of mysterious house fires have hit the families of the victims one by one, pushing the grieving town to the edge. Nick, the son of the lead detective investigating the events, plunges into the case on his own, scouring the Internet to uncover what could cause a fire with no evident starting point. As their friend pulls farther away, Matt and Christina battle to save damaged relationships, while Zola fights to keep herself together. A story of grief, community, and family, of the search for understanding and normalcy in the wake of devastating loss, Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down explores profound questions about resiliency, memory, and recovery that brilliantly illuminate the deepest recesses of the human heart.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Andi Arndt, Todd Haberkorn

Length:

12h 1m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:38


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

36:36


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:23


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

01:50


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

33:05


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:24


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:26


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

42:13


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

01:39


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

01:29


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

45:58


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

02:46


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

34:15


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

02:11


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

01:24


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

49:05


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

01:46


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

41:57


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

01:10


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

01:34


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

01:03:49


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

02:23


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

00:43


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

45:47


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:47


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

02:36


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

01:02:42


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

01:29


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

01:14


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

01:11:46


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

02:34


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

02:22


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

50:28


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

00:58


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

02:02


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

59:26


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

02:05


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

31:51


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

01:11