The Arsonist (Signed Book)

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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 fires to the homes of the summer people in a small New England town. 

After decades of summering in Pomeroy, New Hampshire, Sylvia Rowley has decided to retire to the house she loves with her brilliant but increasingly scattered husband, Alfie, until now a professor at the local college. Her son, Clark, is ...

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Overview

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 fires to the homes of the summer people in a small New England town. 

After decades of summering in Pomeroy, New Hampshire, Sylvia Rowley has decided to retire to the house she loves with her brilliant but increasingly scattered husband, Alfie, until now a professor at the local college. Her son, Clark, is renovating a small house on their property. Her daughter Frankie, who lives and works in Africa, returns home for her first extended visit in years and begins an unexpected romance with the editor of the local newspaper, himself newly arrived and hoping to save it. Over the course of two summer months, class and social fault lines are exposed, and the simmering question of who owns the land and the town is brought to a boil as fires continue to rage through Pomeroy's homes and the arsonist remains at large.   

Suspenseful, sophisticated, rich in psychological nuance and emotional insight, The Arsonist is vintage Sue Miller—a finely wrought novel about belonging and community, possibility and finitude, and the question of how and where to live, what it means to lead a fulfilling life. One of our most elegant and engrossing novelists at her inimitable best.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385353847
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/24/2014
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 258,968
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Sue Miller
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.
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    1. Hometown:
      Boston, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 29, 1943
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chicago, Illinois
    1. Education:
      B.A., Radcliffe College, 1964; M.A.T., Wesleyan U., 1965; Ed.M., Harvard U., 1975; M.A. Boston U., 1980

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  • Posted July 22, 2014

    Interesting story

    Enjoyed this book. It was a fun, good read, a good story about people and complicated relationships that go along with it. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys "people stories".

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2014

    Excellent summer read!

    I could not put the story down. It kept my interest to the end.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

    Awful

    Read a review in a magazine so was excited to read this book. It starts out slow and the characters are boring. Kept reading since it wasnt cheap, got about half way through and quit, it just didnt go anywhere but from slow to slower to stop

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2014

    enjoyable reading

    i really like this author.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2015

    Bad!

    Never truly picked up. I kept putting the ook down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2014

    Disappointed

    I read the Senator's Wife and looked forward to reading this book. Found that the book dragged and the characters were not interesting. Very disappointed. Glad it was a library book and that i had not purchased it.

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  • Posted September 5, 2014

    *** I recommend it for the realistic portrayal of the characters

    Bud is the most likable, patient, long-suffering person he is and I felt badly for him as he lived through Frankie's ambivalence and conflicted ups and downs. The portrait of her father's rowing dementia was most realistic and heart-breaking.
    Sue Miller draws realistic characters but I was let down by the ambivalent ending re the arsonist.
    It's not a page-turner but worth reading.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2014

    Not her best

    I've read all of Sue Miller's books. This is a good book, but not her best.

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