The Fire-Dwellers

The Fire-Dwellers Review

Stacey MacAindra burns – to burst through the shadows of her existence to a richer life, to recover some of the passion she can only dimly remember from her past.

The Fire-Dwellers is an extraordinary novel about a woman who has four children, a hard-working but uncommunicative husband, a spinster sister, and an abiding conviction that life has more to offer her than the tedious routine of her days.

Margaret Laurence has given us another unforgettable heroine – human, compelling, full of poetry, irony and humour. In the telling of her life, Stacey rediscovers for us all the richness of the commonplace, the pain and beauty in being alive, and the secret music that dances in everyone’s soul.

Title:The Fire-Dwellers
Edition Language:English

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  • Robin

    Better to marry than burn, St Paul said, but he didn't say what to do if you marry and burn.Meet Stacey. She's mom of four, and wife of Mac, who is mainly a monosyllabic grump. She's also sister of Ra...

  • Krista

    Ladybird, ladybird,Fly away home;Your house is on fire,Your children are gone.So begins The Fire-Dwellers, with Stacey MacAindra, formerly of Manawaka, Manitoba, now a suburban Vancouver housewife and...

  • Janice

    I remember one particular camping trip we took as a family. I don't remember how old I was - probably pre-teens at any rate. It was after dinner and my father and brother were going fishing. I wanted ...

  • C.

    “The Fire-Dwellers” is another of Margaret Laurence's famous books. I use the word “book” instead of “novel” because it entailed a weird approach that was a stream of Stacey's thoughts, in...

  • Hillary

    I zoomed through this book! It's an easy read, but highly enjoyable and engaging.The book is narrated by both the author and through the voice of the main character, Stacey MacAindra. She's a 1960s ho...

  • J.

    This was exceptionally well-written. I was superbly impressed with the skillfulness of Laurence's creation of characters and the depth of personality that she created.At the core of it, it was about t...

  • Tanya

    Though I found this book a little hard to read with the unusual dialogue and writing format, I still greatly enjoyed this story of a fearful and trapped 60s housewife. I found the subject matter quite...

  • Daniel Kukwa

    A novel that must have made quite a sensation on first release, capturing with amazing detail the dawn of post-60s women's liberation and questioning the position of homemaker, housewife, and mother i...

  • Mj

    The Fire-Dwellers by Margaret Laurence is the third book in the Manawaka series. The books in the series do not necessarily have to be read in order, although that is how I’m doing it. There are two...

  • Maria Stevenson

    "What's left of me? Where have I gone? I've brought it on myself, without realizing it. How to stop telling lies? How to get out? This is madness. I'm not trapped. I've got everything I've always want...