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The Arsonist (Hardcover)
From the author of The Senator’s Wife comes the story of a summer in Pomeroy, an eastern beach town where an arsonist has torched six summer homes. The fire and police departments are stretched to their limits as conflicts mount between permanent and summer families. This is also the story of Frankie, who returns to her family home from a job in East Africa hoping for tranquility, but finds her father suffering from Alzheimer’s and her mother unraveling. As she struggles with her parents, Frankie also longs for something bigger in life. This is pure Sue Miller, with great characters, a plot that propels you, and deep, sensitively drawn emotions. This will be a great book group pick! ~ Susan, Coordinator of the Eagle Harbor Reader’s Circle and our Mystery Book Group— From Mystery Picks from Susan
From the best-selling author of "While I Was Gone" and "The Senator's Wife," a superb new novel about a family and a community tested when an arsonist begins setting fire to the homes of the summer people in a small New England town.
Troubled by the feeling that she belongs nowhere after working in East Africa for fifteen years, Frankie Rowley has come home home to the small New Hampshire village of Pomeroy and the farmhouse where her family has always summered. On her first night back, a house up the road burns to the ground. Then another house burns, and another, always the houses of the summer people. In a town where people have never bothered to lock their doors, social fault lines are opened, and neighbors begin to regard one another with suspicion. Against this backdrop of menace and fear, Frankie begins a passionate, unexpected affair with the editor of the local paper, a romance that progresses with exquisite tenderness and heat toward its own remarkable risks and revelations.
Suspenseful, sophisticated, rich in psychological nuance and emotional insight, "The Arsonist" is vintage Sue Miller a finely wrought novel about belonging and community, about how and where one ought to live, about what it means to lead a fulfilling life. One of our most elegant and engrossing novelists at her inimitable best.
About the Author
Sue Miller is the best-selling author of the novels "The Lake Shore Limited, The Senator s Wife, Lost in the Forest, The World Below, While I Was Gone, The Distinguished Guest, For Love, Family Pictures, " and "The Good Mother;" the story collection "Inventing the Abbotts;" and the memoir "The Story of My Father." She lives in Boston."