"Scheibe's tale captures both the heartache and the liberation of finding one's own path."
"This is the book that'll remind you to do what feels right to you."
"The future for Emmaline Nelson is preordained...she decides that only she has the power to determine her fate."
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"Teenage Emmy's desire to live life on her own terms will likely resonate with YAs."
"Set in the post-war '50s, Emmy comes of age in the Fargo Moorhead area. She's a feminist and a free thinker who questions ignorace."
“A Fireproof Home for the Bride” is a tightly written coming-of-age novel set in 1958 in the Fargo-Moorhead area."
"Scheibe lays out a complex story of an estranged family and the emerging feminism of Emmy, who finds her own role models as she fights for independence"
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"The Coen brothers established Fargo as synonymous with quirky folk and bizarre deeds, but Amy Scheibe seeks to right the balance with her second novel, using wintry Fargo-Moorhead in the late 1950s as the setting for an absorbing story about an 18-year-old breaking away from the legacy of her severe upbringing to chart her own course....Scheibe is a terrific writer."
"Scheibe's multilayered plot feels organic: the strands are knitted into a tight story of substance that touches on the politics of race, class, and gender... the book is spectacular." (Starred review and Pick of the Week)
"Fans of Kathryn Stockett will identify strongly with the agonizing choices Emmy must make as ugly family secrets concerning racial hatred emerge."
"Novel set in Fargo-Moorhead reveals the dangerous power of family secrets....Forbidden relationships, religious intolerance, ugly politics and hidden violence all spill out as Emmy desperately seeks the truth."
Minnesota Public Radio
"The novel starts out slowly, carefully weaving the background for a tale of mystery, coming of age and societal upheaval. As the stage is set, the story picks up the pace and leads the reader into a dangerous world full of bigotry.
This would be a great story for area book clubs, with lots of options to talk about the 1950s, racial unrest, family expectations and finding your true self."