Gordon, Stephanie Boehmer
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Strange Fires: A Memoir is a creative nonfiction work set in the 1960s and 1970s. It tells the story of the narrator’s childhood and adolescent, growing up in a troubled household in rural Oklahoma. After the narrator’s mother abandons the family, the children begin living with their grandparents, who have their own set of severe problems. The narrator ends up in foster care, is sent to an institution for children in need of supervision, and finally comes to some measure of peace.