Synopses & Reviews
Every so often we encounter a story that makes us cry and makes us strong, that makes us want to hug our children and call our old friends. This bestselling book captures just such a drama in all its heartrending drama.
On January 19, 2000, a fire raged through a Seton Hall
dormitory, killing three students and injuring 58 others. Among the victims were Shawn Simons and Alvaro Llanos, roommates from poor neighborhoods who had made their families proud by getting into college. After the Fire
is the story of Shawn and Alvaro's fight to recover from the worst damage St. Barnabas Hospital's burn unit had ever seen. It is the story of doctors and nurses who work with those terribly touched by fire. It is the story of mothers and fathers, of faith and family. And it is the story of the women who loved these men, who knew that real beauty is a thing not seen in mirrors.
"A riveting and intimate read. That these two men survived is almost a miracle. That Fisher was there to document it is our good fortune." --Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Keep some Kleenex handy."--Rocky Mountain News
“Cold Sweat brought tears to my eyes as I read the powerful story of Yammas journey. James Brown carried the gift of music that comes from God but also the burden of a life lived on the mountaintop. This book makes the price he paid all too clear.” —MC Hammer
On January 19, 2000, a fire raged through a Seton Hall dormitory, killing three students and injuring 58 others. Two of the injured, Shawn Simons and Alvaro Llanos, fight to recover from their serious burns with the love and support of their doctors and family.
About the Author
Yamma Brown is the vice president of the James Brown Family Foundation and the president and founder of Daughter of Soul Productions. She is the youngest daughter of Deidre Jenkins and James Brown. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Robin Gaby Fisher is the author of the New York Times bestseller After the Fire and Boys of the Dark, a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing, and a member of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team.