Book: The Smoke Jumper
Author: Nicholas Evans
Review: Best friends Ed (a musician with high aspirations) and Connor (a rancher and photographer) are smoke jumpers (firefighters that skydive into national forest fires) during the summers in Montana. When Ed's girlfriend Julia joins them one summer, a close bond grows between the three friends. That bond is impacted for life when a terrible forest fire has devastating repercussions for them all.
Beautifully written, this book evoked tears, laughter, overwhelming sadness and eventual satisfaction. Although slow at times and long winded (a good portion of the book follows Connor as he photographs war tragedies in Afghanistan and Africa, which were interesting but tedious) this was an engaging read that I recommend.
Book Junkie's Grade: B+