The cardboard boxes stacked against the wall were decades old and soft as suede to the touch. Vivvie carefully shoved as many as she could lift up onto the closet shelf while balancing atop a stepladder in the spare bedroom.-- Things We Set on Fire by Deborah Reed. This latest novel from Deborah Reed is a detail-rich family story that will suck you in from the first pages. Start it when you have a few hours to devote because you will get lost in it.
Reed's debut literary novel, Carry Yourself Back to Me (reviewed here), shares the evocative prose and hardscrabble Florida setting of Things We Set on Fire. She is also the author of two sassy thrillers, A Small Fortune (reviewed here) and Fortune's Deadly Descent (reviewed here), both published under her pen name, Audry Braun.
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