The Firelight Girls

The Firelight Girls

Book - 2014
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"The summers you spend at summer camp are indelibly etched on your heart. But what happens when the camp you love is about to close? Can you ever really say good-bye to the place that made you who you are? These are the questions that plague Ethel, the seventy-year-old former camp director who is nursing a broken heart after losing the love of her life as she now faces the impending closure of the camp on Lake Wenatchee that she called home. It's also a question that inspires change in forty-year-old Shannon, who spent the summers of her youth as a vibrant, capable camp counselor and is now directionless after watching her career implode. And there's Laura, who has lost all intimacy with her husband, and doesn't know if she can save what seems to be gone. Finally, Ruby, who betrayed Ethel years ago and hasn't spoken to her since, hopes this will be her chance to make amends. When the four women learn that a homeless teen has been hiding at the camp, they realize that it is a place that represents something much more immediate for all: survival. And so the three generations of women search for a way to save the place that saved them all, finding in the process a way back to themselves and each other in The Firelight Girls, Kaya McLaren's novel of love and loss, heartbreak and healing"--Jacket.
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Griffin,, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250019776
Branch Call Number: FICTION McLaren 2014
Characteristics: 344 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Firelight girls : a novel


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Jun 24, 2015

I look forward to reading this book. The Camp Fire camp I grew up with and managed for the last 30 years is being sold. Since programming has become dormant, our national office revoked our charter. I'm hoping to find some ideas.

LaughingOne Jan 01, 2015

Camp Firelight is a permanent summer camp for girls ages 5 through high school, with older girls coming back as counselors and a couple, like Ethel, even becoming the director of camp. Located on Lake Wenatchee in Washington state, Camp Firelight was the home of the heart and spirit of some of the girls. Unfortunately, the well that supplied safe water to the camp ran dry, twice in two years. There was not enough money to drill a new well and the governing board of the camp decided it was time to stop, and to sell the camp. Ethel, who had been retired from being the camp director for around 10 years, and who lived on Lake Wenatchee only a couple of miles from the camp, sent a missive to camp alumnae, informing them of this decision and inviting them to come help clean up the camp for sale and to say goodbye. This novel is about the week or so that Ethel and some of the women are at camp. A teenager (Amber) also becomes part of the story even though she never attended this camp. This is a story about love, fortitude, courage, friendship, and making clear choices.

Dec 08, 2014

what an amazing book! it talks of the world changing for women and girls starting in the 50s and how they save their camp. fun, enjoyable and times a heartbreaker. enjoy!!!!!


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