Fire on the Track

2 11 2017


Fire on the Track has to do with women in the Olympics in the Track and Field division. This story follows Betty Robinson, when she was 16, beginning with the 1928 Stockholm Olympics. There was much controversy over the women in this division, saying that they should not be doing what only men could do. Also, Betty’s come-back after an airplane crash is nothing short of complete perseverance.


The author, Roseanne Montillo is the author of two other works of nonfiction, The Lady and her Monsters and The Wilderness of Ruin. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, where she taught courses on the intersection of literature and history. She lives outside of Boston.

This book captured my attention from the get go. Very interesting. Betty Robinson captured the hearts of many when she had to break through the “all male” sport of Track and Field. All that she went through after the airplane crash that should have ended her Olympic dreams, is remarkable. If you like history, you will love this book.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.