After the Fire

A True Story of Friendship and Survival
By Robin Gaby Fisher (Trade Paperback, 2010)
Every so often we encounter a story that makes us cry and makes us strong, that makes us want to hug our children and call our old friends. This bestselling book captures just such a drama in all its heartrending drama.

On January 19, 2000, a fire raged through a Seton Hall dormitory, killing three students and injuring 58 others. Among the victims were Shawn Simons and Alvaro Llanos, roommates from poor neighborhoods who had made their families proud by getting into college.

After the Fire is the story of Shawn and Alvaro's fight to recover from the worst damage St. Barnabas Hospital's burn unit had ever seen. It is the story of doctors and nurses who work with those terribly touched by fire. It is the story of mothers and fathers, of faith and family. And it is the story of the women who loved these men, who knew that real beauty is a thing not seen in mirrors.

  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Trade Paperback

    • Price: $14.99 US/$17.99 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316066228

    • On Sale Date: 01/06/2010

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

    Formats Available: Trade Paperback, Electronic Book

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Every so often we encounter a story that makes us cry and makes us strong, that makes us want to hug our children and call our old friends. This bestselling book captures just such a drama in all its heartrending drama.

On January 19, 2000, a fire raged through a Seton Hall dormitory, killing three students and injuring 58 others. Among the victims were Shawn Simons and Alvaro Llanos, roommates from poor neighborhoods who had made their families proud by getting into college.

After the Fire is the story of Shawn and Alvaro's fight to recover from the worst damage St. Barnabas Hospital's burn unit had ever seen. It is the story of doctors and nurses who work with those terribly touched by fire. It is the story of mothers and fathers, of faith and family. And it is the story of the women who loved these men, who knew that real beauty is a thing not seen in mirrors.

Robin Gaby Fisher is a nationally acclaimed news feature writer with The Star-Ledger in Newark, New Jersey. She has won one Pulitzer Prize and has twice been a Pulitzer finalist.
  • "A riveting and intimate read. That these two men survived is almost a miracle. That Fisher was there to document it is our good fortune."  (Minneapolis Star Tribune).

  • "Honest and intimate in her account of the stress of 'distraught parents,' the intense strain upon marriages and relationships, the prolonged suffering and multiple surgeries of the survivors, and the evolving friendship of the accidental roommates, Fisher conveys a deep respect and compassion for all involved - except the arsonists. She succeeds in making what might have been yesterday's news into today's inspiration." (Publishers Weekly).

  • "Keep some Kleenex handy." (Rocky Mountain News).

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Product Details

After the Fire
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $14.99 US/$17.99 CAN
  • Pages: 288
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
  • Audio Run Time: 0
  • ISBN-13: 9780316066228
  • On Sale Date: 01/06/2010
After the Fire