"The Fire Outside My Window: A Survivor Tells the True Story of California's Epic Cedar Fire" is both a poignant memoir and a veteran journalist's narrative nonfiction account of the largest wildfire in California's recorded history, a catastrophic event that crippled postcard-perfect San Diego and dominated international headlines in October 2003.
Author Sandra Millers Younger's miraculous saga of escape, ruin and renewal unifies a tapestry of experiences woven from more than 100 interviews with firefighters, survivors and the families of those who died.
The fire itself is the main character in this epic story--a rampaging monster, framed within historical context, battled by understaffed,
under-equipped firefighters, and confronted from the rare perspective of terrified civilians caught in its path.
Timing, location and weather conspired against air tankers, fire engines and bulldozers, enabling a lost hunter's signal fire to gather strength in the mountains east of San Diego.
Overnight, a swelling wind sent flames galloping toward the Pacific, killing 15 people, 12 of them the author's neighbors; incinerating more than 2,200 homes, including hers; and creating a lunarscape 20 times the size of Manhattan.
"The Fire Outside My Window" is a riveting and nuanced tale that captures the intensity of a runaway wildfire, honors those lost to its fury, and celebrates the human spirit's innate capacity to triumph over adversity.
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