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The Fires of Spring
     

The Fires of Spring

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by James A. Michener
 

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An intimate early novel from James A. Michener, now remembered as the beloved master of the historical epic, The Fires of Spring unfolds with the bittersweet drama of a boy’s perilous journey into manhood. David Harper is an orphan, seemingly doomed to loneliness and poverty. As an adolescent con artist and petty thief, David spends his days grifting at

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An intimate early novel from James A. Michener, now remembered as the beloved master of the historical epic, The Fires of Spring unfolds with the bittersweet drama of a boy’s perilous journey into manhood. David Harper is an orphan, seemingly doomed to loneliness and poverty. As an adolescent con artist and petty thief, David spends his days grifting at an amusement park, the place where he first learns about women and the mysteries of love. Soon he discovers that his longing to embrace the world is stronger than the harsh realities that constrain him. Featuring autobiographical touches from Michener’s own life story, The Fires of Spring is more than a novel: It’s a rich slice of American life, brimming with wisdom, longing, and compassion.
 
Praise for The Fires of Spring
 
“A warm-hearted, readable story, crammed with lively incident and remarkable characters.”The Atlantic
 
“Heartfelt . . . immensely readable . . . Michener is a born writer.”The New York Times
 
“Michener is a gifted storyteller.”Kirkus Reviews
 
“Brilliantly done.”Library Journal

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“A warm-hearted, readable story, crammed with lively incident and remarkable characters.”The Atlantic
 
“Heartfelt . . . immensely readable . . . Michener is a born writer.”The New York Times
 
“Michener is a gifted storyteller.”Kirkus Reviews
 
“Brilliantly done.”Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345483058
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/28/1987
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
302,720
Product dimensions:
5.47(w) x 8.19(h) x 1.08(d)

Meet the Author

James A. Michener was one of the world’s most popular writers, the author of more than forty books of fiction and nonfiction, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Tales of the South Pacific, the bestselling novels The Source, Hawaii, Alaska, Chesapeake, Centennial, Texas, Caribbean, and Caravans, and the memoir The World Is My Home. Michener served on the advisory council to NASA and the International Broadcast Board, which oversees the Voice of America. Among dozens of awards and honors, he received America’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1977, and an award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 1983 for his commitment to art in America. Michener died in 1997 at the age of ninety.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 3, 1907
Date of Death:
October 16, 1997
Place of Death:
Austin, Texas
Education:
B.A. in English and history (summa cum laude), Swarthmore College, 1929; A.M., University of Northern Colorado, 1937.

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The Fires of Spring 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
James A. Michener's second, and unfortunately greatly overlooked novel, The Fires of SPring, wonderfully depicts the thoughts, emotions, hardships, and joys of beiing a dreamer,artist, and man in America. Moving, insightful, and inspiring, every man should read this novel at least once in their lifetime (should be required high school reading). Michener lays bare the psyche of male adolecense and that hunger to be and do everything in his wonderful, every-man-can-relate-to, main character, Dave. And along the journey provides, through wonderfully colorful supporting characters, basic instructions on how to be an influential character in the life of an american youth. This novel is a journey worth taking, a journey into an America of long ago; an America you'll wish you could recreate.