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buy provigil modafinil online American Fire Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land  buy Pregabalin online usa   by Monica Hesse

The arsons started on a cold November midnight and didn’t stop for months. Night after night, the people of Accomack County waited to see which building would burn down next, regarding each other at first with compassion, and later suspicion. Vigilante groups sprang up, patrolling the rural Virginia coast with cameras and camouflage. Volunteer firefighters slept at their stations. The arsonist seemed to target abandoned buildings, but local police were stretched too thin to surveil them all. Accomack was desolate—there were hundreds of abandoned buildings. And by the dozen they were burning.

The culprit, and the path that led to these crimes, is a story of twenty-first century America. Washington Post reporter Monica Hesse first drove down to the reeling county to cover a hearing for Charlie Smith, a struggling mechanic who upon his capture had promptly pleaded guilty to sixty-seven counts of arson. But as Charlie’s confession unspooled, it got deeper and weirder. He wasn’t lighting fires alone; his crimes were galvanized by a surprising love story. Over a year of investigating, Hesse uncovered the motives of Charlie and his accomplice, girlfriend Tonya Bundick, a woman of steel-like strength and an inscrutable past. Theirs was a love built on impossibly tight budgets and simple pleasures. They were each other’s inspiration and escape…until they weren’t.

Though it’s hard to believe today, one hundred years ago Accomack was the richest rural county in the nation. Slowly it’s been drained of its industry—agriculture—as well as its wealth and population. In an already remote region, limited employment options offer little in the way of opportunity. A mesmerizing and crucial panorama with nationwide implications, American Fire asks what happens when a community gets left behind. Hesse brings to life the Eastern Shore and its inhabitants, battling a punishing economy and increasingly terrified by a string of fires they could not explain.

Robert Rebein is an award-winning author and Chair of the English Department at IUPUI, where he has taught creative writing since 1998. His creative nonfiction essays have been published in dozens of literary magazines and journals, including The Georgia Review, Ecotone, The Cream City Review, Redivider, and other venues, and have been recognized as Notable Essays of the Year in The Best American Essays 2010, 2015 and 2016. His books include two memoirs, Headlights on the Prairie: Essays on Home (University Press of Kansas, 2017) and Dragging Wyatt Earp: A Personal History of Dodge City (Swallow/Ohio University Press, 2013), as well as a work of literary criticism, Hicks, Tribes, and Dirty Realists: American Fiction after Postmodernism (University of Kentucky Press, 2001, reprinted 2009). His articles on American Literature have appeared in The Cambridge Companion to American Fiction Since 1945, Blackwell Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction, and The Mourning After: Attending the Wake of Postmodernism. A native of Dodge City, Kansas, Rebein lives on the Eastside of Indianapolis with his wife Alyssa Chase and their two children, Ria and Jake.