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Fire in the Henhouse

3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  47 ratings  ·  13 reviews
With razor-sharp wit and an unflinching eye for the little insanities of those who believe they are in charge, Fire in the Henhouse takes the reader on a rollercoaster of a ride. Dooleysburg, PA, chock full of local celebrities like the cross-dressing car dealer who doubles as the town mascot and a police chief who had to get his own juvenile record expunged, prides itself ...more
Paperback, 474 pages
Published February 23rd 2011 by Rule Bender Press
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Kathleen Greenough
What really drew me in was how lovable the author made the main character - out of such an unlovable personality. It felt like a blend between Stephanie Plum and Crime and Punishment – fun and engaging with awesome characters but with a psychological depth that really made it so much more meaningful than just a fun read. It made me think of Csilla’s Sense of Snow and that Kathleen Turner movie House of Cards.

One other thing I really appreciated was that the author expects the reader to be clever
Marie Fouhey
This book is all over the place. It starts out with a disagreeable heroine moving back to a small town filled with obnoxious characters. The tone is very jokey but not particularly amusing (for example, the henhouse in the title is the local brothel.) The book climaxes with a Columbine style massacre at the local high school, followed by a scene straight out of the book Sybil which reveals the source of the heroine's problems and cures her. Generally preposterous.
The fire was someplace else

This book showed the real side of life and the struggles we as human b we ings go through. The story really had nothing to do with the title. The story was based on family secrets in a small town. It went from humorous to serious really quick. A good book for any book club.
Nutty neighbors, heartfelt friendships, laugh out loud situations, heartbreaking truths. Frances Grote's FIRE IN THE HENHOUSE has all of this and more. I was immediately drawn into this book by Grote's way of continually surprising me. And it felt like she was opening doors within a house I always wanted to visit, letting me look inside each room and learn the stories and secrets of every person who passed through. This novel, with its witty point of view, quirky characters and gripping drama ha ...more
This book showed the real side of life and the struggles we as human b we ings go through. The story really had nothing to do with the title. The story was based on family secrets in a small town. It went from humorous to serious really quick. A good book for any book club.
Full disclosure: I know the author. But, I thought that this was a really well written and cute book. Lot's of twists and turns. Fun but serious. She did a great job writing this.
Frances did a great job on her first novel, I enjoyed the humor and it was great hearing about places in PA since that is where I grew up.
You will truly enjoy this story
Started off ok, then unfortunately becomes highly implausible and the ending is very cheesy. Most disappointing read I had in a while.
Apr 12, 2013 Angie added it
This book was darker than I expected, but multiple characters are able to find their way to healing and redemption.
Very dark; I was not entertained as much as I wanted the whole story to end!
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i hove it so bad
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Frances Grote is the author of award winning memoir, poetry and fiction. She was a Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers Finalist and her work has appeared in The Del Sol Review and First Person Arts. She served for several years on the Editorial Board of Philadelphia Stories Magazine and is a graduate of Boston’s Grub Street Master Fiction Workshop and the San Juan Writers Workshop. Fir ...more
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