Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Fire Season: A Memoir by Hollye Dexter

Who would you be if you lost everything?

Hollye Dexter and her husband Troy woke one night to find their house ablaze. To escape the fire, they had to jump from their second-story window with their toddler son—and then watch their house and home-based businesses burn to the ground. Over the next two years, the family went bankrupt, lost their cars and another home, and got dropped by their best friends. As the outer layers of her life were stripped away, Dexter began to unravel emotionally; but then she found herself on the brink of losing her marriage, and she realized that if she was going to save her family, she would have to pull herself back together somehow. 

As she fought to reassemble the pieces of the life she’d had, Dexter discovered that a shattered heart has the ability to regenerate in a mighty way; that even in the midst of disaster, you can find your place; and that when everything you identify with is gone, you are free to discover who you really are. Poignant and inspiring, Fire Season is a story for anyone who has ever lost hope—and found it again.

My Thoughts:

Dexter's memoir warmed my heart. I really enjoyed the read. It showed me a valuable life lesson and to be more grateful for what I have. Yes, at times we do complain about what we can't have. Hearing Dexter's story really had me thinking that at times I do sound ungrateful. I could have been in her shoes and I wouldn't know what to do. This story has power beyond control and I encourage many of you young readers to give this book a go. The mentality that Dexter's has shows me that I can see uncover new things that life has to offer me. I don't have to have the fanciest thing, but just enough to make me happy, At times I don't remember that there are people who would beg to be in my shoes and I shouldn't take life itself for granted.

Hollye Dexter: 

Hollye Dexter is author of the memoir Fire Season (She Writes Press, 2015) and co-editor of Dancing at the Shame Prom (Seal Press)-- praised by bestselling author Gloria Feldt (former CEO of Planned Parenthood) as “…a brilliant book that just might change your life.” Her essays and articles about women’s issues, activism and parenting have been published in anthologies as well as in Maria Shriver’s Architects of Change, Huffington Post, The Feminist Wire and more. In 2003, she founded the award-winning nonprofit Art and Soul, running arts workshops for teenagers in the foster care system. She currently teaches writing workshops and works as an activist for gun violence prevention in L.A., where she lives with her husband and a houseful of kids and pets.www.hollyedexter.net 


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