A Different Kind of Fire: a novel

A Different Kind of Fire: a novel

by Suanne Schafer


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ISBN-13: 9781641368650
Publisher: Waldorf Publishing
Publication date: 10/26/2018
Pages: 402
Sales rank: 516,816
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.89(d)

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A Different Kind of Fire: a novel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Love has always been one of the most difficult emotions to portray in the light of art and under the shadow of internal conflict. In the strongest scenes of the story, Ruby, who embodies a 19th century innocence, breaks through the barriers of an age when the inadequacy of human civilization begins to become apparent in her life. “Many letters arrived from London and Paris. A sole dispatch from Rome was followed by an abrupt cessation. As the silence from her lovers lengthened, Ruby worried about them both.” Through her spontaneous and inflammable prose, Suanne Schafer makes Ruby’s world more intriguing by pushing her heroine into a battle of a mysterious desire and an existential confusion. She helps us grasp the intimate connection between art and love—passionate romantic instincts and “misplaced” artistic sensuality. Devouring vivid scenes of same-gender courtship can be one of the great pleasures of reading fiction. It can be a tonic to sensibilities blunted by post-modern literature and intended to arouse creative desire. As the story seesaws between Philadelphia and Truly of an America that flourished before the age of motor cars, the scenic landscape of ranches leads us to a world that at first seems to challenge the contributions of the Renaissance. Then her roommate—someone from old wealth, and Ruby’s visit to their mansion, continues to create fascinating history until we reach the point of ecstasy. America is struck by a financial depression, but not the unexplored desires of a ranch girl’s heart. Ruby acts and reacts in a sensible state of receptivity in which the other actors play the role of governing her emotions. Ruby projects an endurance of composure under dire straits when future artistry miraculously arrives at her doorstep, and does not look disturbed by her curious surroundings. It is a story that is difficult to discuss without giving away the plot. The author, for her part, is so judiciously imaginative and psychologically astute that she turns A Different Kind of Fire into a brilliant portrayal of love at a restrained pace and with a contemplative tenor. It has situations, superbly sensual and inventively vivid. Until I read this book, I always thought that creating a classic piece of work is literature’s hidden secret of appeal only a few like Jane Austen and Marilynne Robinson could master. I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. Sidd Burth Author of The Poison Earrings
LuanneCastle 4 months ago
Ruby Schmidt is an earthy woman of rural 19th century Texas who knows how to ride, shoot, slop hogs, and doctor injured cowhands, as well as mend, cook, can, and garden. But she is also a talented and motivated artist who is not satisfied with resigning her art to stolen moments between the unending and exhausting chores of ranch life. A small legacy from her grandmother lends Ruby freedom of choice whether to pursue an artistic career or marry her childhood sweetheart, a rancher who cannot live other than on and of the land. Begging his patience, Ruby travels to Philadelphia to attend art school. The demands and lure of the artist’s life are at odds with the romantic appeals of the rancher. To add to the complexity of the story and of Ruby’s self, she has an affair with a woman lover she meets in the city. The painful decisions and hardships that Ruby faces because she is a woman artist remind the reader that Ruby could not gain her identity as an artist and a fully-loving woman without great loss. The plot is tightly woven, and the suspense taut and compelling. A Different Kind of Fire is one of the most well-written novels I have read in a long time. Ruby’s story stays with one long after the last page has been turned.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I read this book-without stop-until I finished. The characters were so well developed I felt I knew them personally. As an art major in college I was impressed at the depth and accuracy of artistic detail throughout the book. But more than that, the author wrote from the perspective of an artist's soul. As a romance enthusiast I was caught by the loves and losses of Ruby's life and the bittersweet happily-ever-after ending. This is one of the best books I've read in a long time.
Anonymous 4 months ago
A Different Kind of Fire tells the story of a remarkable woman in turn of the twentieth century America. Over the course of nearly forty years Ruby becomes a painter, a baroness, and a west Texas ranch wife, and she experiences two great loves—one with a man and one with a woman. Schafer includes a remarkable amount of historical detail and covers important themes but avoids becoming long-winded or pretentious.
kirbyscribble 4 months ago
I used to read voraciously, until two years ago when tragedy battered our family for the better part of a year. Since then I've had to struggle to get through reading anything longer than a few paragraphs. It's very frustrating because I love reading... I just don't have the concentration to read books any more. That said, I had no trouble getting through 'Fire'. It's quite possibly the best book I've read since 'Oscar Wao'. The characters are wonderfully rendered, very realistic, and the kind of characters you don't mind spending time with. The plot is heart-wrenchingly real -- so much so that I was fully involved in Ruby's, Bismark's and Willow's happiness and heartbreak. The story is tastefully rendered while staying true to the topics of women's issues and maintaining historical accuracy.
Grandfather 4 months ago
The protagonist, Ruby Schmidt, moves with ease between rural Texas and urban Pennsylvania, from feeding chickens to studying fine art. Even more delicate, however, is the conflict between traditional family life and bisexual romance. Ms. Schafer's story and character development make that reconciliation seem effortless. -mrh