My favourite stories are those that have a strong sense of place, either real or imagined. That's why I found Home Fires engrossing; well, that and the believable characters.
The story is set in the Victorian town of Myrtle, where a catastrophic bushfire destroyed not only the buildings and the landscape but also the lives of the residents. Through a combination of chapters of before, after and during the fire, the story reveals the tragedies in Myrtle.
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