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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 261 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (August 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316066214
  • ASIN: B0048EL82S
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,899,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Three students died and 58 were injured in the January 2000 fire that arsonists set in the student lounge of Seton Hall University in New Jersey. Newark Star Ledger reporter Fisher tells the story of the two most badly burned survivors (roommates Shawn Simons and Alvaro Llanos), proceeding from the devastating fire through the grueling medical treatment into their life-affirming future. A medical education and a detective story unfold within this consistently dramatic account, as Fisher joins a reporter's curiosity and objectivity to a near-familial access to the principals. Unsparing in her description of the hard path to recovery (The gruesome nature of the work meant that few ever became old-timers in the occupation of treating burns), Fisher takes the reader inside Saint Barnabas Burn Center, where the charismatic director of the burn unit, Hani Mansour; the nurses; the physical and occupational therapists work miracles, celebrating victories and agonizing over setbacks. Honest and intimate in her account of the stress of distraught parents, the intense strain upon marriages and relationships, the prolonged suffering and multiple surgeries of the survivors and the evolving friendship of the accidental roommates, Fisher conveys a deep respect and compassion for all involved—except the arsonists. She succeeds in making what might have been yesterday's news into today's inspiration. (Aug.)
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"Unimaginably moving--readers will want to keep a box of tissues at hand--and deeply compassionate." (People )

"A riveting and intimate read. That these two men survived is almost a miracle. That Fisher was there to document it is our good fortune." (Minneapolis Star Tribune )

"Keep some Kleenex handy." (Rocky Mountain News )

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Very sad book, but it was a great read.
Angela Cassista
If there is ever one book you must read in your life then it has got to be After the Fire: A True Story of Friendship and Survival by Robin Gaby Fisher.
Cheryl Koch
It was just a great book and it put a warm feeling in your heart.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By K. C. Williams on August 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I LOVED this book. It's the true story of two young men, terribly burned in a dormitory fire at Seton Hall University a few years back. Living overseas at the time of the fire, I had no knowledge this tragedy ever occurred; but I bought the book on the recommendation of a friend and immediately found that I couldn't put it down.

It's an incredibly well-written story that will draw you into the lives of these two courageous young men and the medical staff who helped bring them back from the brink of death.

I was completely moved by this story and it touched my heart in a way that no book ever has. This is easily one of my favorite books of all time.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Brian H. Horton on August 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Buy this book. Robin Gaby Fisher takes you on the heart-wrenching and heart-warming journey of two young men, who nearly died in a fire at their dorm. People magazine got it right in its four-star review of the book, saying in part: " While the descriptions of the burn treatment are horrific, the revelation that the fire was ignited by two pranksters who nonchalantly partied afterward is heartbreaking. Unimaginably moving - readers will want to keep a box of tissues at handy - and deeply compassionate." I agree, I know I used up my fair share of tissues, too, and I couldn't put it down until I'd read the last page. - marilyn and brian
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Saber 8 on March 22, 2010
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I hate when people ruin the plot of a book in their reviews, so I will not do that. I will say that this story is INCREDIBLE. I'm a Police Officer in a pretty rough city and I often see the absolute worse in people. Reading this book kind of brought me back to reality. The more I read, the more I remembered that not everyone is a terrible person, there are still a few angels out there. I am by no means a "softy" but on numerous occasions I caught myself holding back tears as I imagined myself in their shoes or my daughter being one of the victims in this story.

I would be absolutely honored to meet some of the people in this book. I HIGHLY recommend you read this.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Koch VINE VOICE on September 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
After the Fire: A True Story of Friendship and Survival is based on true events. It is under sad and unfortunate events that this story comes about. The day was January 19th, 2000, a day that no one will ever forget. On this fateful day a fire spread throughout the freshman dormitory halls of Seton Hall University. The fire claimed young three lives and injured many more. Robin Gaby Fisher tells the story of two room mates Shawn Simons and Alvaro Llanos and the angels of Saint Barnabas Hospital, who helped saved these two friends.

After the Fire: A True Story of Friendship and Survival makes you feel raw, heart-wrenching emotions of sadness, joy and triumphant. After the Fire: A True Story of Friendship and Survival is such a powerful book that it is beyond words on how to explain it. I credit this fact dooly to Robin Gaby Fisher's talent as not only an author and writer but as an amazing story teller. I was blown away from the first moment I picked this book up to read it. If Mrs. Fisher's goal was to show how with lots of strength, determination as well as setting a goal for yourself you can achieve anything; then Mrs. Fisher accomplished that with After the Fire: A True Story of Friendship and Survival. If there is ever one book you must read in your life then it has got to be After the Fire: A True Story of Friendship and Survival by Robin Gaby Fisher.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carrie Collier on September 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
It is hard to find stories about burn units, and when this one was featured in the People Magazine I couldn't wait to read it. I work in the burn unit and am extremely interested in burn care.
This book didn't disapoint.I was impressed with the authors ability to be in the unit and to get a first hand look at what we do daily. The story of the friendship as it developed and the emotional impact of the different stages unfolded, was terrific. You will enjoy the relationships that the boys made with women after the fire. They are truly special women!
I highly recommend this book and for you to look up the story and photos online!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Romba on September 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
As a student at Seton Hall during the fire, I wasn't sure I would be able to read through the book without reliving January 19 all over again. But I must say - the author did a fantastic job of walking the reader through Alvaro and Shawn's recovery, while still providing insight to all of those involved with this day.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jmcc on December 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I couldn't put the book down!

Be prepared to feel the full range of emotions: love and hope for the two young men, awe and gratitude for the medical staff, and rage towards the arsonists (and towards their family/friends who covered for them).

The book left me thinking long after I had finished it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patricia R Salber on September 30, 2008
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After the Fire is a beautifully written story of two young men whose friendship helped them survive and thrive after devastating burn injuries. It is one of those books you don't put down until you you turn the last page. It is also one of those books you keep thinking about in the days and weeks after you finish reading it. I highly recommend it for anyone who still likes to learn about life via the written page.
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