After the Fire by Robin Gaby Fisher
A True Story of Friendship and Survival

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On January 19, 2000, a fire raged through Seton Hall University's freshman dormitory, killing three students and injuring 58 others. Among the victims were Shawn Simons and Alvaro Llanos, roommates from poor neighborhoods who made their families proud by getting into college. They managed to escape, but both were burned terribly. AFTER THE FIRE is the story of these young men and their courageous fight to recover from the worst damage the burn unit at Saint Barnabas hospital had ever seen. It is the story of the extraordinary doctors and nurses who work with the burned. It is the story of mothers and fathers, of faith and family and the invisible ties that bind us to each other. It is the story of the search for the arsonists--and the elaborate cover-up that nearly obscured the truth. And it is the story of the women who came to love these men, who knew that real beauty is a thing not seen in mirrors.

About Robin Gaby Fisher

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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.
Published August 25, 2008 by Little, Brown and Company. 261 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Professional & Technical, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Three students died and 58 were injured in the January 2000 fire that arsonists set in the student lounge of Seton Hall University in New Jersey. Newark Star Ledger

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A deeply reported, compassionate look at the lengthy healing -- emotional, as well as physical -- of two roommates who barely escaped with their lives.

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Robin Gaby Fisher's moving account of two college roommates' struggle to survive and then cope after they're horribly burned in the 2000 Seton Hall University dorm fire is not one of those books you can't put down.

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