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Who By Fire Hardcover – Sep 23 2014

4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Canada (Sept. 23 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385668791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385668798
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.4 x 23.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #187,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nominated for the Alberta Readers’ Choice Award
Nominated for the International Dublin Literary Award


“Suffer in silence no more. This was the motivation behind Cochrane author Fred Stenson’s new novel, Who by Fire, a fictional, yet very personal account of a family living in rural Alberta in the late ‘50s-early-‘60s next to a sour gas processing plant.”
Cochrane Eagle
 
“Fred Stenson, has just release his 18th book, Who by Fire, a novel that will stir inner emotions in the reader. . . . This is a must read for any Western Canadian.”
Cochrane Times
 
Who by Fire is a multi-layered, deeply moving novel. . . . Stenson has a profound connection to, and understanding of, Alberta—both its history and its culture. . . . Who by Fire is a valuable insight into what the province has done, where it’s going, and what might happen in future collisions between industry and community.”
Penticton Western News
 
Who By Fire is a story that is uniquely Albertan.”
St. Albert Leader

“Fred Stenson’s unsettling, cautionary new novel . . . tells the story of a society irrevocably altered by change. The novel’s strength is in the unsentimental way it depicts how poorly equipped the Ryders are to struggle against these pernicious influences or even to fully comprehend their impact. . . . An intimately framed tale of classically tragic dimensions in which individuals are ensnared by larger forces—albeit of human, rather than divine, design.”
Quill & Quire
 
Who by Fire reads like the work of someone who knows Alberta intimately—its booms, busts and echoes. It’s a generational tale grounded in social critique, tragic and uncompromising, and [Stenson’s] most powerful yet.”
FFWD (Calgary)

“On the page Stenson is like Frank Sinatra in a stetson—smooth and pitch perfect. And if details give literature its staying power, Stenson is writing for the ages.”
—Caroline Adderson, The Globe and Mail

“Intriguing, fast-paced and a delight. . . . Who by Fire is the biography of Alberta. The story we all live today.”
Calgary Herald
 
“Alberta's Fred Stenson . . . has done Canadian literature a service by producing the long-awaited oilsands novel. . . . He portrays a corporate world in which oil companies have become better at speaking in soothing tones and issuing mild mea culpas, all the while speeding up their efforts to pump every last drop. And though he holds out some hope for personal healing from psychological wounds, he's clear that neither the oil companies nor the Alberta government are likely to change course.”
Winnipeg Free Press

About the Author

FRED STENSON is the author of eight novels, including The Great Karoo and The Trade, which was nominated for the 2000 Scotiabank Giller Prize and won the inaugural Grant MacEwan Writer's Award, the City of Edmonton Book Prize, and the Writers Guild of Alberta's Georges Bugnet Novel Award. He has also written scripts for over 140 produced films and videos. He writes a regular humour column for Alberta Views Magazine. He was raised on a farm in the Alberta foothills north of Chief Mountain. Stenson lives in Cochrane, Alberta.


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By books rock TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Sept. 29 2014
Format: Hardcover
It was a pleasure to receive "Who By Fire" as a goodreads giveaway. The Canadian content, especially with regards to the oil industry, was fascinating. Although the story seemed to move slowly at the start, the many relationships quickly got my attention. There was the juxtaposition of the farm, Tom and Ella's vs. the sour gas processing plant. Quickly this moved into a study of family bonds, conflict and endurability. The three children involved ( Jeannie, Donna and Billy) were a case study in how life moves on, the unique nature of farm life and family ties. The situation involving the Aladdin company, government and community (including an Aboriginal town) really opened my eyes to the oil industry in a way that was part story, part factual. "Who By Fire" is well worth the read with an ending that will make the reader stop and reflect.
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Loved this book! About a tough, independent Alberta ranch family and their fight against a sour gas plant that is killing their livestock, sickening their children and poisoning their marriage. A generation later, the once-sickly son abandons ranching and works as an engineer in the oil sands. A topical story for sure, for anyone with an interest in the oil industry and the oil sands. But above all, a powerful family saga, written by a master.
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In an province where the oil and gas business drives the economy, and the benefits - the stunning homes, behemoth trucks, and abundance for some - are everywhere, it is hard to read a story that shows another side. Stenson is a compelling story teller always, and more so even here. This book was tough to pick up and tough to put down which makes for a read that is time worth spending.
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In this new novel, Fred Stenson brings his enviable writing talents — which include the ability to create memorable, flawed and sympathetic characters, and an uncanny facility for evoking in a few words not only the landscape of the province of Alberta (no matter what the season or terrain) but also his deep affection for it — to bear on issues that face us all. We are the Ryders, growing sicker by the day from our over-reliance on gas and oil, but we are also the community that shuns the Ryders: our economic well being, too, depends on the continuing exploitation of our fossil fuels.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Families and Oil Sept. 29 2014
By books rock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
It was a pleasure to receive "Who By Fire" as a goodreads giveaway. The Canadian content, especially with regards to the oil industry, was fascinating. Although the story seemed to move slowly at the start, the many relationships quickly got my attention. There was the juxtaposition of the farm, Tom and Ella's vs. the sour gas processing plant. Quickly this moved into a study of family bonds, conflict and endurability. The three children involved ( Jeannie, Donna and Billy) were a case study in how life moves on, the unique nature of farm life and family ties. The situation involving the Aladdin company, government and community (including an Aboriginal town) really opened my eyes to the oil industry in a way that was part story, part factual. "Who By Fire" is well worth the read with an ending that will make the reader stop and reflect.
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book. It is full of insight into the ... Jan. 16 2015
By Stephen Gobby - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book. It is full of insight into the oil and gas industry but also tells a heart-warming fictional story of people affected by the industry. Very human characters, especially Bill Ryder.

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