Things You Save in a Fire: A Novel (Paperback)

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Cassie Hanwell has the perfect job as a firefighter. She's strong, smart and feeds on the energy of heading into danger when everyone else flees it. When her estranged mother reaches out and asks Cassie to move from Austin to Boston for a year, Cassie reluctantly agrees and discovers that the tough, old-school Boston firehouse is incredibly different from her job in Austin. She's the first woman assigned to the station which means hazing, working harder than two men and never having romantic thoughts about the rookie firefighter who starts when she does. We can see what's coming before Cassie does and Katherine Center tells this story in a lovely way, complete with humor and heart.

— Cathy

August 2019 Indie Next List


“You will cheer for tough-as-nails firefighter Cassie Hanwell, cry for her, mentally will her on, and celebrate with her at the end. Things You Save in a Fire effortlessly captures the realities of modern American women while at the same time radiating a contagious positivity. Reading Katherine Center is your pleasurable antidote for the daily news cycle.”
— Jill Hendrix, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

About the Author


Katherine Center is the author of several novels about love and family: The Bright Side of Disaster, Everyone Is Beautiful, Get Lucky, and The Lost Husband. Her books and essays have appeared in Redbook, People, USA Today, Vanity Fair, and Real Simple—as well as the anthologies Because I Love Her, CRUSH, and My Parents Were Awesome. Katherine is a graduate of Vassar College and the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. She lives in Houston with her husband and two sweet children.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781250622129
ISBN-10: 1250622123
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: June 30th, 2020
Pages: 320