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The house is on fire  Cover Image Book Book

The house is on fire / Rachel Beanland.

Beanland, Rachel, (author.).

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781982186142
  • ISBN: 1982186143
  • Physical Description: 375 pages ; 24 cm.
  • Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2023.

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Told from the perspectives of four people whose actions changed the course of history, this masterful work of historical fiction takes readers back to 1811 Richmond, Virginia, where, on the night after Christmas, the city's only theater burned to the ground, tearing apart a community.
Richmond, Virginia 1811. It’s the height of the winter social season. The General Assembly is in session, and many of Virginia’s gentleman planters, along with their wives and children, have made the long and arduous journey to the capital in hopes of whiling away the darkest days of the year. At the city’s only theater, the Charleston-based Placide & Green Company puts on two plays a night to meet the demand of a populace that’s done looking for enlightenment in a church. On the night after Christmas, the theater is packed with more than six hundred holiday revelers. In the third-floor boxes, sits newly widowed Sally Henry Campbell, who is glad for any opportunity to relive the happy times she shared with her husband. One floor away, in the colored gallery, Cecily Patterson doesn’t give a whit about the play but is grateful for a four-hour reprieve from a life that has recently gone from bad to worse. Backstage, young stagehand Jack Gibson hopes that, if he can impress the theater’s managers, he’ll be offered a permanent job with the company. And on the other side of town, blacksmith Gilbert Hunt dreams of one day being able to bring his wife to the theater, but he’ll have to buy her freedom first. When the theater goes up in flames in the middle of the performance, Sally, Cecily, Jack, and Gilbert make a series of split-second decisions that will not only affect their own lives but those of countless others. And in the days following the fire, as news of the disaster spreads across the United States, the paths of these four people will become forever intertwined.
Subject: Richmond Theater (Richmond, Va.) > Fire, 1811 > Fiction.
Richmond (Va.) > History > 19th century > Fiction.
Virginia > Social life and customs > 19th century > Fiction.
Theaters > Accidents > Virginia.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Novels.

Available copies

  • 25 of 39 copies available at Bibliomation. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Jonathan Trumbull Library - Lebanon.

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  • 6 current holds with 39 total copies.
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