Fire in the Henhouse

Fire in the Henhouse

by Frances Grote

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Fire in the Henhouse by Frances Grote, Richard Grote

With razor-sharp wit and an unflinching eye for the little insanities of people who believe they are in charge, Fire in the Henhouse takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride through the town of Dooleysburg, PA. Chock full of local celebrities like the cross-dressing car dealer who doubles as the town mascot and a police chief who had to get his own juvenile record expunged, Dooleysburg prides itself on being progressive and tolerant, a great place to raise a family. Widowed Maggie Rifkin returns here with her fourteen-year-old son and her New York attitude, naively imagining she can leave her past behind. But this town where friendships ignore racial boundaries and sexual eccentricities are a family business has been tempting the Fates. When sudden tragedy strikes, the thread of destruction might well unravel all the way back to Maggie’s childhood secret.

Fire in the Henhouse uses details delivered by witty characters and humorous situations to paint a complex portrait that includes both the light and darkness of 21st century American life. Grote is a master at building small everyday coincidences into the superstructure of events that ensnares her characters – and the reader.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012816047
Publisher: Rule Bender Press
Publication date: 05/26/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 474
File size: 744 KB

About the Author

Frances Grote is the author of award winning memoir, poetry and fiction. Her work has been selected as a Finalist in the Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers competition and been awarded national recognition by First Person Arts, as well as appearing in The Del Sol Review. She is a graduate of the Master Fiction Workshop at Grub Street in Boston and the San Juan Writers Workshop. Frances supports her writing habit with a day job where she contributes to the effort to find a cure for cancer. As a recognized expert in the field of global drug development outsourcing she has published multiple industry presentations and articles. Fire in the Henhouse is her first novel.

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Fire in the Henhouse 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
HenryR More than 1 year ago
Fire In The Henhouse is the perfect book to read while you relax with a glass of wine. The writing is excellent and the dialogue between the characters is extremely witty. I found the story really sneaks up on you and before you know it you are in the middle of Dooleysburg PA with Maggie and her friends and enemies- reluctant to leave (or put the book down). The characters were so well developed I had no trouble visualizing what each looked and behaved like- as if I were right there interacting with them. I can't wait for Frances Grote to write her next book.
Rich11 More than 1 year ago
This is a great read. Set in a tranquil small Pennsylvania town the story celebrates people. The characters, with all of their assorted backgrounds and secrets, live and laugh and face adversity. And cope. It presents a gripping story rich with insight. You will find this one hard to put down and hard to stop thinking about when you're done. I highly recommend it.
fleursSL More than 1 year ago
This book gave me hours of pure pleasure. It's hard to believe the author starts with a blank piece of paper that turns into such a great read.It is very interesting to go along with the central character,Maggie, as she strives to create a new life for herself and son in a small town.Her story just pulls you in. The author is able to express humorous and sad situations so well. This book would make a great movie!
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marielamba More than 1 year ago
Nutty neighbors, heartfelt friendships, laugh out loud situations, heartbreaking truths. Frances Grote's FIRE IN THE HENHOUSE has all of this and more. I was immediately drawn into this book by Grote's way of continually surprising me. And it felt like she was opening doors within a house I always wanted to visit, letting me look inside each room and learn the stories and secrets of every person who passed through. This novel, with its witty point of view, quirky characters and gripping drama had me up way too late for many days as I turned the pages and thoroughly enjoyed the journey through one small town filled with large egos and even larger dreams. Don't miss this one. Highly recommended.