The Arsonist

The Arsonist

A Novel

eBook - 2014
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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. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2014
ISBN: 9780385351706
0385351704
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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red_cobra_341
Sep 25, 2015

Overall slow.

This started out on a good note, but then all the interesting characters like Sylvia were pushed aside for Frankie and Bud's romance, which was very ill-done.

athompson10 May 04, 2015

Very slow.

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molmil8
Dec 11, 2014

Keeps you interest but can be tedious. Love scenes made me gag.

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GummiGirl
Nov 20, 2014

A satisfying book in typical Sue Miller style, with a troubled family in picturesque New England and some illegal goings-on. For me, the somewhat untidy resolution felt true to the characters and to real life.

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bweed2
Aug 20, 2014

The ending was rushed. The book was so so.

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llccghw
Aug 15, 2014

The Arsonist by Sue Miller, I had such great expectaions for was a disappointment from Fall on Your Knee's, which I really enjoyed.

It seemed just to be going no where interesting most of the time, and although I finished it, I wondered as I closed the book at the end, how I ever stuck with it.

Not her best!!

wordbaker Jul 24, 2014

the ending was a big let-down. I know that life is messy. but a little more resolution would be nice. the relation between Frankie & Sylvia was great.

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Clara_Hoover
Jul 23, 2014

I was really caught up for the first two-thirds, then let down. The author left too many things unresolved. Keeps you wondering after the book is finished.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "I'm generally a big Sue Miller fan but this book was a bit of a slog. It has a great premise but the characters left me a bit cold."

dossiere Jul 16, 2014

this book was awesome from beginning to end.i read it in just a few days.i loved the relationship btween Bud and Frankie.

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