The Arsonist

The Arsonist

Large Print - 2014
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Troubled by the feeling that she belongs nowhere after working in East Africa for 15 years, Frankie Rowley has come home -- 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, or arson? Over the weeks that follow, as Frankie comes to recognize her father's slow failing and her mother's desperation, another house burns, and then another, always the homes of summer people. These frightening events, and the deep social fault lines that open in the town as a result, are observed and reported on by Bud Jacobs, a former political journalist, who has bought the local paper and moved to Pomeroy in an attempt to find a kind of home himself. As Bud and Frankie begin an unexpected, passionate affair, the fires upend a trusting small community where people have never before bothered to lock their doors; and Frankie and Bud bring wholly different perspectives to the questions of who truly owns the land, who belongs in the town, and how, or even whether, newcomers can make a real home there.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, [2014]
Edition: First large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780804194556
0804194556
Branch Call Number: LT FICTION MILLER SUE
Characteristics: 465 pages (large print) ; 24 cm

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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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