Cured by fire
In Cured by Fire, Tim McLaurin tells the story of Lewis Calhoon and Elbridge Snipes, two men who lead very different lives. Lewis is a building contractor with a comfortable home, a promising future; Elbridge, a migrant worker with an unshakable faith in God, has known only a hardscrabble existence. But they have these things in common: love of nature, respect for family, and homelessness. Through random accidents, each man loses what he holds most dear. And each begins a separate journey - one based on resentment, the other on a heavenly vision - from the tobacco fields of the South, across America, to the rugged Northwest Coast. Ultimately united among the homeless population of Seattle, the two men compare lives and losses. They come to realize, as they learn to lean on each other, that fate and salvation abide by no single rule but must be tempered in the confines of the soul.
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Cured by fireUser Review - Book Verdict
In their native North Carolina, Lewis, the son of an alcoholic plumber, and Elbridge, a child of mixed race who was abandoned by his mother and raised by his grandfather, share childhood traumas but never meet. Football prowess gets Lewis an education and a start in a construction career. Faith and a penchant for hard work help Elbridge provide a home for his wife and children. The futures of both men change dramatically as tragic accidents destroy their families. In response, Elbridge commits himself to an exhausting journey across the continent, while Lewis loses himself in alcohol. Their encounter among the homeless in Seattle opens the way for each to regain a sense of purpose and peace. This novel is stronger than the author's Woodrow's Trumpet (LJ 8/89) or his memoir, Keeper of the Moon (LJ 11/1/91). Most libraries should consider.-Jan Blodgett, Davidson Coll., Davidson, N.C.
Review: Cured by FireUser Review - Goodreads
Uneven at first, but especially strong and affecting in the second half.