A heart-stopping, magical story about human connection, for fans of THE PAPER PALACE and LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE
Two families. One night. A constellation of lives changed forever.
When retired doctor Ben Wilf comes across ten-year-old Waldo Shenkman in the middle of the night under Division Street's old oak tree, he is treated to an unexpected and magical tour of the stars. But this is not the first time the boy and old man have met. In fact, they go way back, to the night of Waldo's birth, and further still.
Secrets preside over the neighbourhood along with the majestic oak. One night in particular has been kept buried. Following it, the Wilfs -- parents and children -- change and grow, but each is haunted by what they choose to forget. Then the young Shenkmans move in across the street: a couple with their own secrets and a lonely, brilliant son who is captivated by the night sky. As their stories collide in ways they never could have imagined, the past comes hurtling back to Division Street, setting in motion a spellbinding chain of events that will transform both families forever.
Signal Fires is an exquisite portrait of two families, and a testament to the human capacity to experience love and loss. With wry tenderness it shows how we are all connected through time in ways that are at once beautiful, mysterious, profound and full of hope.
* HUNDREDS OF 5-STAR READER RESPONSES *
'Was both devastated and wowed at the end' * 'The best novel that I've read all year! I couldn't put it down' * 'Profoundly moving, deeply relatable and so beautifully written' * 'Gorgeous, deeply moving and captivating' * 'Beautiful, full of emotion and magic'
Signal Fires is a great novel, but it's also something rarer: a good novel, one that shines with deep truths about what it is to love someone, lose them, and live on -- Alex Preston * Financial Times *
A stunning future classic -- LISA TADDEO
Tender and philosophical * Observer *
Gripping * People Magazine *
Lyrically examines the ways a single event can alter many lives for ever . . . wonderful -- Joanne Finney * Good Housekeeping BOOK OF THE MONTH *
Shapiro weaves a compulsive, tender narrative that flits between viewpoints and time frames in its quest for connectivity * Mail on Sunday *
A wonderful novel, full of insight and compassion -- MARY LAWSON
Haunting, moving, and propulsive -- MEG WOLITZER
Beautifully written, Dani Shapiro explores time, memory and our human interconnectedness to create a moving portrayal of the ripple effect one event and one person's actions can have on many lives * Woman's Weekly *
Beautiful... a family saga, but a book about destiny too, the unavoidable push and pull of choice and chance -- Francesca Steele * i News *
Lyrical and propulsive . . . hard to put down * Oprah Daily *
Masterful and poignant * Today Show US *
Wise, deeply perceptive, suffused with light -- CLAIRE MESSUD
Signal Fires is an urgent and compassionate meditation on memory, time, and space. In Shapiro's elegant convergence of narrative threads, she creates a world that's as wrenching as it is wondrous -- RUTH OZEKI
A subtle, compelling and expansive book about family, love and the devastating power of secrets. I love the way Shapiro writes relationships, the ambition of having so many concurrent narratives and the deft way she draws her characters. -- NELL FRIZZELL
Dimensions: 240mm x 162mm x 28mm