The Last Light by Elizabeth Sanders
Broken Levee Books, 2015
Barnes and Noble: Christmas Eve in Vacherie, Louisiana, finds the banks of the Mississippi alive with fire. Walter is consumed with planning the perfect bonfire—the one that will finally beat his brother’s blaze and extinguish the lingering melancholy from his father’s death. As Walter obsesses over wood, kindling, and structure, his family life teeters on the brink of collapse.