Last Updated on May 18, 2023 by BiblioLifestyle
The House Is on Fire by Rachel Beanland
The House Is On Fire is based on the true story of the December 1811 Richmond theater fire, and the novel follows four characters who survived the disastrous fire and how they and the community are forever changed.
Today on the couch, I’m pleased to welcome author, Rachel Beanland. We talk about her sophomore novel; The House Is on Fire, and her debut novel; Florence Adler Swims Forever. Rachel also gives us book and bookstore recommendations, reading tips, plus lots more.
BOOKS MENTIONED DURING THE SHOW
- The Richmond Theater Fire: Early America’s First Great Disaster by Meredith Henne Baker (Amazon or Bookshop)
BOOKS READ, LOVED, AND WOULD NOW RECOMMEND
- Long Division by Kiese Laymon (Amazon or Bookshop)
- Minor Prophets by Blair Hurley (Amazon or Bookshop)
- Anne of Green Gables Series (boxed set) by L. M. Montgomery (Amazon or Bookshop)
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (Amazon or Bookshop)
- The Little House (boxed set) by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Amazon or Bookshop)
- The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (Amazon or Bookshop)
ON THE TBR STACK
ABOUT RACHEL BEANLAND
Rachel Beanland is the author of The House Is On Fire. Her debut novel, Florence Adler Swims Forever, was selected as a book club pick by Barnes & Noble, a featured debut by Amazon, an Indie Next pick by the American Booksellers Association, and one of the best books of 2020 by USA Today. It was also named a New York Times Editors’ Choice and was recognized with the 2020 National Jewish Book Award for Debut Fiction (Greenberg Prize).
Rachel’s writing has also appeared in Lit Hub, Business Insider, Creative Nonfiction, and Broad Street, among other places. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and earned her MFA in creative writing from Virginia Commonwealth University. Rachel lives in Richmond, Virginia with her family.