What You Take with You: Wildfire, Family and the Road Home by Therese GreenwoodWhat You Take with You: Wildfire, Family and the Road Home by Therese Greenwood

What You Take with You: Wildfire, Family and the Road Home

byTherese Greenwood

Paperback | April 2, 2019

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We stopped to watch the helicopters swoop down to fill the water baskets, like hummingbirds at a feeder. That was when we saw a new plume of smoke rising to the southwest.Four years after Therese Greenwood and her husband moved to Fort McMurray, Alberta, their new community was devastated by one of the worst wildfires in Canadian history. As the flames approached, they had only minutes to pack, narrowly escaping a fire that would rage for weeks, burn more than 85,000 hectares and force 80,000 people to flee. This skillfully told first-person account is more than a disaster narrative: Greenwood’s experience and skill as a journalist and a mystery writer engages and maintains suspense. Her portrayal of how people behave in an emergency and how a community comes together is uplifting. Her stories of what she saved from the fire will resonate with anyone who has lived through a crisis, and help make sense of a life-changing event that garnered interest throughout the world.
Therese Greenwood has worked as a writer, reporter, editor, broadcaster, and communications executive. Her short fiction has appeared across North America. She lives in Fort McMurray, Alberta.
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Title:What You Take with You: Wildfire, Family and the Road HomeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:April 2, 2019Publisher:The university of Alberta PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1772124494

ISBN - 13:9781772124491

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn’t put it down! I read this in one sitting, and didn’t want it to end. A great, deeply personal, account of so much more than the wildfire that had the entire country on the edge of their seats. A definite must-read.
Date published: 2019-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Therese Greenwood has written a book that pulled me in in so many ways. Even though she tells the story about the fire and the subsequent evacuation, this is more a story of discovery; about what you learn about yourself and what’s important to you when faced with such an event. The surface story of the “McMurray” fire is a compelling tale of crisis and what one does in the face of a mandatory evacuation. This part of the story is evocative - I could smell the smoke and feel the heat, and I could definitely feel my heart racing as the heat grew, and the author’s ability to move away from the fire diminished. As the overarching story evolves, the objects that Therese grabbed on her way out the door are revealed and their stories are told, and they in turn provide key stories from the lives of Therese and her husband, Steve. The story – all of the stories - are told with compassion and humour, and sometimes tinged with surprise as Therese discovers things about herself. This book is a story about a journey – both figurative and literal, and it is full of heart. I give this 5 full stars.
Date published: 2019-03-15

Editorial Reviews

Four years after Therese Greenwood and her husband moved to Fort McMurray, Alberta, their new community was shattered by one of the worst wildfires in Canadian history. As the flames approached, they had only minutes to pack, narrowly escaping a fire that would rage for weeks, burn more than 85,000 hectares and force 80,000 people to flee."In What You Take With You, Therese Greenwood tells a very personal story of the Fort McMurray Wildfire. By considering the things that she lost in the blaze and the things that were saved, Greenwood takes the reader with her through her own evacuation, the road to safety, the grief that she experienced on losing her home, and the steps to her recovery. It is a beautiful book, sharply observed in the accounting of a disaster that affected the nation, gripping in the particulars of her own journey, and expansive in the questions it poses for us all: How is memory tied to the things we've collected, and what does it mean to make a home?" - Miranda Hill, author of Sleeping Funny