The Arsonist

Author(s): Sue Miller

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Fleeing the end of an affair, and troubled by the feeling that she belongs nowhere after working in East Africa for fifteen years, Frankie Rowley comes home to the small New Hampshire town 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. Is it an accident? Over the weeks that follow, as Frankie comes to recognise her father's slow failing and her mother's desperation, and she tentatively gets to know the new owner of the local newspaper, another house burns, and then another. These frightening events open the deep social fault lines in the town and raise questions about how and where one ought to live, and what it really means to lead a fulfilling life.


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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Senator's Wife, a sophisticated and subtle novel about a family and a community tested when an arsonist wreaks havoc in a small town

Miller writes with tremendous subtlety and perception Daily Mail I was very moved by this subtle and truthful book. Sue Miller's writing, while never showy, builds an honest, elegant world around the reader Sadie Jones on Lake Shore Limited An acutely observant writer capable of revealing painful emotional truths about the human condition . It's heartbreaking moments like this that reveal why so many have come to be fans of Miller's flawed, yet insightful, fiction Sunday Telegraph on Lake Shore Limited Miller writes with grace and poise, crafting an examination of love and loss that is both understated and emotionally charged Guardian

Sue Miller was born in Chicago in 1943. She is the bestselling author of nine previous novels includingThe Good Mother, The Distinguished Guest, Lost in the Forest, The Lake Shore Limited, the acclaimed memoirThe Story of My Father, the Oprah Book Club selection While I Was Gone and the Richard & Judy hit The Senator's Wife. Sue Miller lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

General Fields

  • : 9781408857236
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : April 2014
  • : 216mm X 135mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : July 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Export/Airside
  • : 320
  • : Sue Miller
  • : Paperback