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Signal Fires

by Dani Shapiro

Shapiro’s achingly beautiful novel centers on the Wilf and Shenkman families, neighbors on Division Street whose lives intersect in unexpected ways. At the story’s heart is Waldo Shenkman, the brilliant if misunderstood boy whose fascination with the night sky gives him an appreciation for the connectedness of all things. Heartbreaking yet filled with grace, this is a story of people making choices, keeping secrets, suffering through misunderstandings, yet ultimately finding a sense of connection in compassion. Gorgeously written, told with empathy and compassion, Signal Fires is not to be missed. – Diana