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Fire in the Henhouse

3.31  ·  Rating Details  ·  54 Ratings  ·  14 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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Suzanne Jacob
Feb 07, 2016 Suzanne Jacob rated it it was amazing
This story pulled me from sentence to paragraph to page after page. Maggie, recently widowed, and her early teenage son move back to her hometown. There she confronts a past she wants to forget (or does she?), a romance in the person of the town's chief of police, and many unforgettable characters: Vee, Daniel, Margaret, Gamey, Morsel, and a host of others the author creates so well.
And was her husband's death really an accident? Why did Maggie's father send her away? Will she and the police chi
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
May 13, 2014 Marie Fouhey rated it did not like it
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.
Mahoghani 23
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.
Jul 15, 2011 Marie rated it it was amazing
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
Mahoghani 23
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.
Jul 24, 2012 Sue rated it liked it
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.
Mar 21, 2013 Nikki rated it it was amazing
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
May 16, 2013 Rebecca rated it did not like it
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.
Oct 31, 2013 Jamie rated it it was ok
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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