Kandi Maxwell lives in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California. Her memoir Snow After Fire explores her family’s tumultuous experience surviving, suffering, and regrouping after Paradise, California's devastating 2018 Camp Fire.
"Told in the first person, the narrative style is straight-forward. Open. Gut-level honest. At about 115 pages, this is a fairly quick read. But it’s not a light one. You’re not going to find anything trite or canned in this memoir. There’s too much heart in this book for that. It’s also too smart for that.
"Snow After Fire shines especially bright in its descriptions of Northern California’s feral beauty and rugged majesty. You can almost see the wildflowers and taste the mountain air.
"Snow After Fire isn’t for the faint of heart. It's intense, thoughtful, and gripping. Reading this book is like walking into a dark room and flipping on a light switch. As the shadows dissipate, you may see things you didn’t want to see or remember. But you may also see precious memories, hope, and beauty amid the ashes.
"Expertly paced and finely crafted, Snow After Fire features strong writing and a masterful command of the language. Nimble pacing and an articulate first person voice will propel this extraordinary story of courage, resilience, loyalty, and love off the page and into your heart."
- Review from Reedsy
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