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Eating Fire and Drinking Water

(1996)
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"I was someone hungry for stories; more specifically, I was someone who craved after facts. I was, you see, a person with no history. Lacking this, I developed a curiosity about other's people's stories. . . ."

Clara Perez is a reporter on a small South seas island. An orphan raised by nuns, she is a young woman with origins shrouded in mystery. Full of idealistic ambition, she grows tired of the trivial assignments she's given at the daily paper, yearning to write articles of substance. So when the tiny street of Calle de Leon bursts into flames after a student demonstration--and a soldier kills an unarmed man--Clara seizes the chance to cover the explosive story.

Yet after Clara rushes to the burning street to investigate the tragedy, she discovers another, more personal one involving some remarkable truths about her unknown past--ghosts, she realizes, which have been silently pursuing her all her life. And as family secrets begin to unfold, Clara's missing history slowly spreads itself out on the tumultuous backdrop of a country wracked by revolution. . . .

An evocative and multilayered tale, at once political and personal, Eating Fire and Drinking Water is an extraordinary work, a powerful and pulsing novel of politics and commitment, loyalty and love, and the poignant search for truth.

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Hardback Editions

October 1997 : UK Hardback
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Title: Eating Fire and Drinking Water
Author(s): Arlene J Chai
ISBN: 0-7472-2073-5 / 978-0-7472-2073-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Headline Review
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Paperback Editions

April 1998 : USA Paperback
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Title: Eating Fire and Drinking Water
Author(s): Arlene J Chai
ISBN: 0-449-91143-8 / 978-0-449-91143-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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April 1998 : UK Paperback
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Title: Eating Fire and Drinking Water
Author(s): Arlene J Chai
ISBN: 0-7472-5860-0 / 978-0-7472-5860-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Headline Review
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1996 : UK Paperback
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Title: Eating fire and drinking water
Author(s): Arlene J Chai
ISBN: 0-09-183339-6 / 978-0-09-183339-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Random House Australia
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Kindle Editions

January 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Eating Fire and Drinking Water
Author(s): Arlene J Chai
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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