The Arsonist (Signed Book)

The Arsonist (Signed Book)

by Sue Miller

Hardcover(Signed Edition)

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385353847
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/24/2014
Edition description: Signed Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.30(d)

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.


Boston, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

November 29, 1943

Place of Birth:

Chicago, Illinois


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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The Arsonist 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
luvtoreadNG More than 1 year ago
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".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put the story down. It kept my interest to the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very entertaining and moving book. I am a big fan of Sue Miller and really enjoyed the Arsonist
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never truly picked up. I kept putting the ook down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
MTE More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i really like this author.
anonomas More than 1 year ago
I've read all of Sue Miller's books. This is a good book, but not her best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As in life, some things questions are never really answered and we all make the best of our feelings and longings.
vanessa_12 More than 1 year ago
This book isn't worth 11 bucks. It was an alright read. Dragged. Disappointing. Luckily I checked this out at the library. It wasn't my favorite read.
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