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Fire Season: A Memoir

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  82 ratings  ·  19 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 278 pages
Published April 14th 2015 by She Writes Press (first published March 10th 2015)
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Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So as I think back on this book, I am incredibly grateful for my life and everything in it. I remember thinking while I was reading this book "How could so much bad happen to one family in such a short amount of time?" Not only did the fire destroy their home, but it destroyed their livelihoods since both of them worked from their home. They lost their feeling of safety and a space for them. The Dexter family goes through so many struggles in such a short amount of time, that I think I would ...more
Jackie (No Bent Spines)
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, non-fiction
Review: Fire Season by Hollye Dexter {Truth or Dare Blog Tour} Oh my sweet goodness gracious all I want to do after finishing FIRE SEASON is hug Hollye. And maybe cry a little. And tell her that she is a much bigger person than I probably will ever be. And tell Hollye how much I admire her and her family. This memoir did something to me. It felt *chuckles and shakes head* This book, y’all it felt like drowning. Or how I imagine I think drowning to feel. I felt like my head would get pushed ...more
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books which is going to sit with me for a while. I've highlighted some passages and I know I will find myself going back and saying to myself "Now, what did Hollye write about when that happened?"

I don't like how much I loved a book about a family losing everything because of a house fire. But it's okay because this book is so much more than that. It's about Hollye's journey to find herself, be the best mother she can be, improve her marriage, engage with new and old
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
The description for the book is pretty straight forward, so describing what the book is about really wouldn't be useful in this review.

It's hard to critique a book that is a memoir, since the memories, feelings and actions are those of the author. I am not, and haven't been, in the same situations, so I'll refrain from making an attempt to assess the decisions and feelings of someone else.

Instead, I'll say the book made me realize to be thankful for what I have. I tend to not accumulate a lot
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Holy Dexter knows how to keep the story moving forward. This well written memoir is rife with personal and family tragedy, to the point of wearying this reader at times. But overall the story is compelling, relatable, and in parts curiously familiar. Our life experience as humans on this planet is not as unique as we sometimes feel. This story includes drug addiction, marital strife, depression, and many other aspects readers may know firsthand. At 342 pages, it is slightly longer than I'd have ...more
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Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
In a brief moment, life as we know it can disappear. Hollye Dexter and her family experience such a moment on November 18, 1994, when they awaken on a record-breaking cold night in Southern California to find their house engulfed in flames. Dexter and her husband are trapped on the second floor with her four-year-old son as the fire whooshes into the rooms. Their only hope of escape is a thirty-foot drop out the window onto concrete below.

In her memoir, Fire Season: My Journey from Ruin to
Meg - A Bookish Affair
After Hollye Dexter and her family wake up to discover their houses on fire, all of their belongings are destroyed and they feel like they're losing all hope. This book is about the family trying to find hope again and trying to get back on their feet after it seems like their life has totally been destroyed. This is a memoir that is about family and about what it means to lose hope and to, more importantly, regain it.

The Dexter family not only loses their house in a fire but their social circle
Barbara Stark-Nemon
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Through the Refiner's Fire- Hollye Dexter's Fire Season

Some books we come to because they’ve created some buzz in our world and we take notice. Some books speak to our personal experience and we want to share in another’s similar one. And rarely, we have a personal connection to the author that leads us to read her book. When all three pathways combine, as it did to bring me to Hollye Dexter’s Fire Season: A Memoir the potential is high for a powerful effect. Fire Season did not disappoint.
Teresa Kander
Oh my gosh--the emotions in this story. Everything that happened to this family just kept breaking my heart. Hollye is one of those women that you never think you could be, surviving blow after blow to her feelings of physical, emotional and financial security. She's definitely who I want to be when I grow up!

Hollye puts her life out there for all of us to read--the good, the bad, and the ugly. From her strained relationship with her mother, to the stress put on her marriage, to her bout with
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
When it comes to memoirs, I devour them! I love reading about how people can overcome and conquer over tragedy. I admire the bravery it takes for the writers to expose themselves in the darkest times in their lives so that others can learn from their tragedies. Fire Season was one of those reads that both breaks your heart and one that is hard to put down. It is raw and real and a story that forces the reader reconsider your own life, choices, friends and desire for belongings. I applaud Dexter ...more
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book. My heart broke for the family many times.
Recommend this book!

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Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book in return for an honest review.
Here it is.

I absolutely love this book and I highly recommend it. I didn't want to put it down.
Barbara Ridley
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Wow! This is a powerful book. Once I started it, I could not put it down. The author opens with such an intense description of the night she lost her house - and almost lost her life - in a fire, I had to continue to follow her story. It's such compelling reading, as we learn how she and her family struggle to rebuild their lives, through a series of further adverse events which in themselves would have crushed most people. But her resilience shines through, and she even has the energy to give ...more
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very good memoir. Her family has a tragic fire that destroys their home and kill all their beloved pets and they narrowly escape with their lives. Everything is upside down for them for years. I got a lot of anxiety reading her story. Her life and mine were very parallel. I didn't have a good relationship with my mother, I have by ostracized by family, I have lost friends. I guess we've all been down some kind of dark path. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel and she does go on to ...more
Lynn Walters
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written memoir which starts with a house fire and the various trials and tribulations the family goes through afterwards. The fire took place ~20 years ago, but it feels very "present".
Darlene Basch
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
A well written story of survival and strength.
Jul 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Well written, engaging and thought provoking.
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
To the point: A very moving and inspiring story about overcoming difficult challenges. This very relatable story has an extreme emotional depth that will keep your positivity flowing long after you’re done reading.

Review: This was a story I needed to read. It has this unimaginable strength and courage to fight and keep fighting until those better days come. It may be about physical damage but the emotional pain and suffering are relatable to anyone. I think especially now, with all of our
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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’ ...more