Fire in the Heart A Memoir of Friendship, Loss, and Wildfire Mary Emerick
FIRE IN THE HEART is a powerful memoir by a woman, once a shy, insecure schoolgirl, who reinvented herself as a professional wildlands firefighter. Determined to forge herself into a stronger, braver person, Mary climbs to new heights for a woman in the field in the early 90s, eventually directing wildfire forces from the Florida swamp to Alaska’s interior. Filled with literal struggles for survival, tough choices and Mary's burning passion for what she does, Fire in the Heart, is an unflinching account of one woman’s relationship with fire. But when she loses someone she loves to the famous Storm King Mountain forest fire in Colorado, which killed fourteen firefighters, Mary faces the hardest choice of her life; to stay in the game or turn back and try to find the woman she used to be. It is both a thrilling memoir about life-threatening work and a meditation on identity, strength, bravery, bonds, and survivor’s guilt.
TitleFire in the Heart
SubtitleA Memoir of Friendship, Loss, and Wildfire
AuthorMary Emerick
PublisherSkyhorse Publishing
ImprintArcade Publishing
Published5 September 2017
Dimensions6.00 x 9.00in.

About the author

Mary Emerick was a wildland firefighter for over 20 years, and the author of her novel, THE GEOGRAPHY OF WATER. Mary has published numerous essays in anthologies, magazines and online publications. She was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2011. She currently lives and works for the US Forest Service in Joseph, Oregon.

"This is a story of love, friendship, wildfire, and death written in vivid prose fresh from the fireline. Mary Emerick was a little girl with spindly arms and legs who toughed it out to become a career wildland firefighter, hoping for “the big one” in the West and filling in the offseason as a “panther babe” on burns in Florida. There’s as much heart as fire in this book. It took a “big one,” the South Canyon Fire on Storm King Mountain, to bring home the deepest meanings of love, loss, and the bittersweet renewal of life that follows the flames."
--John N. Maclean, author of Fire on the Mountain: The True Story of the South Canyon Fire, and other books.
"The Geography of Water is a haunting blend of shadows and secrets, a story about Alaska, yes, but also about how wild places can dig down inside the blood, dare us to dive down and discover our own hidden stories." --Alaska Dispatch News
ISBNs: 9781628728439 978-1-62872-843-9 Title: fire in the heart category:BIO 
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