After the Fire: A True Story of Friendship and Survival

After the Fire: A True Story of Friendship and Survival

by Robin Gaby Fisher

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ISBN-13: 9780316066228
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 01/06/2010
Pages: 261
Sales rank: 365,395
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Robin Gaby Fisher is a nationally acclaimed news feature writer with The Star-Ledger in Newark, New Jersey. She has won one Pulitzer Prize and has twice been a Pulitzer finalist.

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After the Fire: A True Story of Friendship and Survival 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
francesuzanne on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book is so very well written that I read it in one sitting. The book flows easily between the police, family, doctors' and victims' stories. However, I imagine that many people will not be able to read this book because of the gruesome details of the two main characters burns. Be prepared to read all the gory details of how a human being recovers from burns over much of their body. I found the book fascinating and the amount of detail made the book even more interesting. Can't wait until the author writes another book.
nbmars on LibraryThing 8 months ago
On January 19, 2000, a fire set by two inebriated students broke out in the freshman dormitory at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, killing three and injuring 58 others. This is the story of two of the most severely injured students, Shawn Simons and Alvaro Llanos. They had been roommates before the fire, and became each other¿s lifeline afterwards.Shawn and Alvaro were lucky to be taken to the Saint Barnabas Burn Center, recognized to be one of the top burn treatment centers on the East Coast and run by the driven and dedicated burn specialist Hani Mansour. The doctor thought that Shawn had a chance to live if he made it through the night, but Alvaro would need a miracle to pull through. But what Dr. Mansour and his burn unit team found over the ensuing months was that Shawn and Alvaro each had superhuman will, faith, caring family and friends, and perhaps most importantly, each other. The two boys suffered greatly, and Fisher does not shrink from telling you in detail all that they had to endure. They each worked hard at rehabilitation, showing their strength in the face of the pain and the tears. They learned to cope with the stares and the insecurities and the anger, each bolstering the others' spirits during the down times. And they overcame the horrific tragedy, as much as anyone could who had been through what they had. Alvaro said to Shawn, ¿Sometimes I think I am one of God¿s angels, sent down to do good. Maybe to help people who are not as strong as I am.¿ The story of their trials is not an easy one, but it is perhaps one of the most inspirational you will ever read.
Cherylk on LibraryThing 8 months ago
After the Fire: A True Story of Love and Survival is based on true events. It is under sad and unfortunate events that this story comes about. The day was January 19th, 2000, a day that no one will ever forget. On this fateful day a fire spread throughout the freshman dormitory halls of Seton Hall University. The fire claimed young three lives and injured many more. Robin Gaby Fisher tells the story of two room mates Shawn Simons and Alvaro Llanos and the angels of Saint Barnabas Hospital, who helped saved these two friends. After the Fire: A True Story of Love and Survival makes you feel raw, heart-wrenching emotions of sadness, joy and triumphant. After the Fire: A True Story of Love and Survival is such a powerful book that it is beyond words on how to explain it. I credit this fact dooly to Robin Gaby Fisher¿s talent as not only an author and writer but as an amazing story teller. I was blown away from the first moment I picked this book up to read it. If Mrs. Fisher¿s goal was to show how with lots of strength, determination as well as setting a goal for yourself you can achieve anything; then Mrs. Fisher accomplished that with After the Fire: A True Story of Love and Survival. If there is ever one book you must read in your life then it has got to be After the Fire: A True Story of Love and Survival by Robin Gaby Fisher.
Lallybroch on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This is a quick read, but it is very powerful! I was instantly drawn into Shawn and Alvaro's story. Some might find the description of the burn treatment a bit much, but I thought the detail was necessary. It wasn't overly graphic, but was honest in showing the amount of pain the boys went through on a daily basis.My only complaint with the book is that the ending seemed to be a little abrupt. The story focuses mostly on the burn treatment and rehabilitation with less attention being paid to how Shawn and Alvaro get along in their daily lives now. Maybe this isn't as exciting of a story lines, but it seemed to warrant a little more attention then it received.Shawn and Alvaro's strength of character is wonderful and uplifting. The support they received from each other and their friends and family made their amazing recoveries possible. Although their lives haven't gone back to exactly what they were before the fire I think both young men learned valuable lessons about what they can achieve.
ValS1 More than 1 year ago
This book grabbed my attention most of the time. It is hard to think of what these 2 kids had to go through. It is a very sad book and be prepared to hear some scary and gory things. Shawn and Alvaro are the main characters who are really close room-mates and Seton Hall University in New Jersey. Their dormitory building caught fire and it went downhill from there. Robin Gaby Fisher (The Author) really does a good job expressing emotions. The book ends very happy so don't worry about a bad/sad ending.
read4lifeDB More than 1 year ago
This book captured my attention from the beginning to the very end. Very well written. These guys went through so much pain, it's hard to grasp the reality of it. I don't know if I would of been as strong as either one of them. Their friendship is beyond belief.
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OKMinty More than 1 year ago
Not just a story of a tragic fire, but the story of two men overcoming one of the roughest trials life can throw. It is not only their story but also tells of the people who have dedicated their lives to helping burn victims. The heroes in this book are not known by name to most people. They work everyday to help people who have suffered burns through not fault of their own. At the same time it shows how the human will can overcome very very tough obstacles. This book grabs you very early on and doesn't let go. Would make a great movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a beautifully written book. The concentration was on the bravery of these young men to push forward and not let the scars and limitations destroy their lives. The saddest part was the persons responsible for the fire not wanting to admit blame and offer an apology for their irresponsible behavior. I know these young men will make good lives for themselves and I wish them all the luck and peace their faith can bring them.
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divadog More than 1 year ago
What a tale of courage and cowardice. I came away with a deep appreciation of the courage of the fire victims, tremendous respect for their caregivers and a deep loathing for the irresponsible cowards to started the fire. The two boys profiled in this story are an amazing example of friendship and everything meant by that simple word. I was deeply affected by their indomitable spirits.
bfisher More than 1 year ago
Fisher portrayed this story in such a heartwrenching, and inspiring way. As I read it, I felt like I was there. I had to keep a box of tissues next to me. I couldn't put it down. This is by far, the best book I have ever read! To explain how beautiful this story is just isn't possible. No words can describe the feelings you get when reading it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This author has done a very tremendous and extraordinary job!!! When i picked up this book and started reading the first few chapters tears began to appear in my eyes!!! i couldnt take my eyes off this book. Shawn and Alvaro you guys are hereos!! Shawn you are a true friend to Alvaro, u stuck by his side all the way, 100 percent. Alvaro......u shocked me!!! i was sooo glad that u pulled through! It was through the almighty God up above that you are here today. So glad you young men have moved on with your lives and made families! One more thing....Fisher keep up the good work...good job!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Simply put, a beautiful book. Well written, heartfelt and touching without being sappy. Fisher does a great job of capturing the personality and spirit of Shawn and Alvaro and their families as well as the doctors and nurses who saved their lives. You will find yourself rooting for all of them to survive and succeed. I usually avoid victim stories because they can be overwritten. But Fisher doesn't get in the way of the drama of the story. I stayed up late and got up early to finish this book and never regretted losing the sleep.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After the Fire has helped me rediscover my love for reading!!! I was drawn to the story emotionally from page one because of the vivid details that welcomed me into the lives of the characters. As a resident of nearby Newark, and having friends who experienced the horrific event first-hand, the book allowed me to revisit a life-changing part of history and reminded me of life's blessings. I experienced a host of feelings while turning the pages of this biography. As my emotions journeyed with the accounts of the individuals, I often joked with my friends about the reason I had to take frequent breaks from reading. 'The book is making me dehydrated,' I would say. But I loved every emotion that it evoked, and I would recommend it to anyone trying to refind their passion for reading!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book tells such an amazing story of the trials faced by and the deep friendship formed by Shawn and Alvaro after they were both horribly burned in the Seton Hall dormitory fire. It tells the story of all the people who fought to save them and those who stood by their sides as they faced more hardship at age 18 than most people ever face in their entire life. This book left me in tears so many times -- tears of sadness, tears of frustration and tears of joy. It is truly an inspirational book.