The Arsonist by Sue Miller audiobook

The Arsonist: A novel

By Sue Miller
Read by Sue Miller

Random House Audio 9780307594792
11.62 Hours Unabridged
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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.

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Summary

Summary

A San Francisco Chronicle bestseller

A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, June 2014

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year for 2014

A 2014 Library Journal Editor’s Pick

One of Barnes & Noble's Biggest Books, June 2014

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Lyrical, compelling . . . Miller’s portrayal of the fragility of relationships and fear of the unknown—of the thing sthat happen to and around us that we can’t control—are spot-on . . . Miller is a nuanced storyteller who portrays real life . . . Provocative, suspenseful, and emotional. Minneapolis Star Tribune
Miller eschews easy cliffhangers or narrative deceits. The momentum grows instead from her compassionate handling of these characters . . . Not all questions are answered, nor all mysteries solved, but the end of the book is imbued with the same quiet energy that’s been building throughout; it’s not happy, exactly—that would be too easy—but, in true Sue Miller fashion, it’s triumphant. Elle 
Thoughtful, intense . . . An ambitious, big-issue novel . . . The Arsonist takes place far removed from national news or world conflicts, but it, too, reflects the most urgent matters of our time . . . When even mentioning the widening distance between the classes is considered an act of class warfare, it’s encouraging to watch Miller’s novel negotiate this awkward fact of American life . . . The continuing miracle of Miller’s compelling storytelling [is] she knows these people matter, and as she moves gently from one character's perspective to another, her sensitive delineation of their lives convinces us of that, too. Ron Charles, The Washington Post
Subtle . . . Miller writes effectively about the tense underpinnings of a summer community . . . Full of Miller’s signature intelligence about people caught between moral responsibility and a hunger for self-realization. The New York Times Book Review
A complex page-turner about class differences, family relationships, and the meaning of home . . . Miller is a master at mining the intricacies of human relationships . . . Miller explores with all her characters finding their place in the world and living a meaningful life. The Cape Codder
Miller once again delivers a novel that, engrossing and rich, is a showcase for her unique ability to get into the nitty-grittys of familial and romantic relationships . . . Scene after scene unfolds—and reads—like life itself. With all its big questions, and all our small, yearning, maybe-right-maybe-wrong answers. Summer Picks from Linda Wolfe
With her trademark elegant prose and masterful command of subtle psychological nuance, Miller explores the tensions between the summer people and the locals in a small New Hampshire town . . . In this suspenseful and romantic novel, Miller delicately parses the value of commitment and community, the risky nature of relationships, and the yearning for meaningful work. Booklist
A provocative novel about the boundaries of relationships and the tenuous alliance between locals and summer residents when a crisis is at hand . . . Miller, a pro at explicating family relationships as well as the fragile underpinnings of mature romance, brilliantly explores how her characters define what ‘home’ means to them and the lengths they will go to protect it. Publishers Weekly
Miller’s prose keeps you reading. Her sentences have a sumptuous quality to them. Providence Journal 
Entertaining and highly readable . . . Miller’s scenes are terrific. She is expert at moving people in and out of rooms in a visual and easy way [and] describing physical chemistry and attraction in a way that manages to avoid all cliché . . . Fantastic sizzle, both sexual and spiritual . . . A cracking good romance . . . Will keep you reading. Boston Globe
“Miller eschews easy cliffhangers or narrative deceits. The momentum grows instead from her compassionate handling of these characters…Not all questions are answered, nor all mysteries solved, but the end of the book is imbued with the same quiet energy that’s been building throughout; it’s not happy, exactly—that would be too easy—but, in true Sue Miller fashion, it’s triumphant.” Elle
The heart of the story really lies in Sylvie and Alfie’s marriage . . . Miller’s portrayal of early Alzheimer’s and the toll it takes on a family is disturbingly accurate and avoids the sentimental uplift prevalent in issue-oriented fiction . . . Miller captures all the complicated nuances of a family in crisis. Kirkus
“Subtle…Miller writes effectively about the tense underpinnings of a summer community…Full of Miller’s signature intelligence about people caught between moral responsibility and a hunger for self-realization.” New York Times Book Review
“Thoughtful, intense…An ambitious, big-issue novel…The Arsonist takes place far removed from national news or world conflicts, but it, too, reflects the most urgent matters of our time…When even mentioning the widening distance between the classes is considered an act of class warfare, it’s encouraging to watch Miller’s novel negotiate this awkward fact of American lif…The continuing miracle of Miller’s compelling storytelling [is that] she knows these people matter, and as she moves gently from one character’s perspective to another, her sensitive delineation of their lives convinces us of that, too.” Washington Post
“Entertaining and highly readable…Miller’s scenes are terrific. She is expert at moving people in and out of rooms in a visual and easy way [and] describing physical chemistry and attraction in a way that manages to avoid all cliché… Fantastic sizzle, both sexual and spiritual…A cracking good romance.” Boston Globe
“An arsonist is working in their midst, targeting ‘summer people,’ a revelation that deepens the rift between year-round residents and vacationers. As the intensity of these events mount, Frankie becomes passionately involved with Bud Jacobs, the town’s newspaper owner and editor. Like previous Sue Miller novels, The Arsonist probes serious questions even as it gathers suspense.” Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review
“Lyrical, compelling…Miller’s portrayal of the fragility of relationships and fear of the unknown—of the things that happen to and around us that we can’t control—are spot-on…Miller is a nuanced storyteller who portrays real life…Provocative, suspenseful, and emotional.” Minneapolis Star Tribune
“A complex page-turner about class differences, family relationships, and the meaning of home…Miller is a master at mining the intricacies of human relationships …Miller explores with all her characters finding their place in the world and living a meaningful life.” Cape Codder
“A provocative novel about the boundaries of relationships and the tenuous alliance between locals and summer residents when a crisis is at hand…Miller, a pro at explicating family relationships as well as the fragile underpinnings of mature romance, brilliantly explores how her characters define what ‘home’ means to them and the lengths they will go to protect it.” Publishers Weekly
“With her trademark elegant prose and masterful command of subtle psychological nuance, Miller explores the tensions between the summer people and the locals in a small New Hampshire town…In this suspenseful and romantic novel, Miller delicately parses the value of commitment and community, the risky nature of relationships, and the yearning for meaningful work.” Booklist
“As a series of fires in a small New Hampshire town exposes tensions between summer and year-round residents, the members of one in-between family confront their own desires, limitations, and capacities to love in Miller’s latest…Miller’s portrayal of early Alzheimer’s and the toll it takes on a family is disturbingly accurate and avoids the sentimental uplift prevalent in issue-oriented fiction…Miller captures all the complicated nuances of a family in crisis.” Kirkus Reviews
“Not only is Sue Miller one of our most deft and satisfying writers of literary fiction, she’s also on a par as a performer with some of the best narrators of audiobooks we have. Her voice is lovely, calm, and supple, and her tone matches the smooth style of the writing in a way that makes for a wonderfully integrated listening experience, completely free of distracting questions of whether the performer has understood what the author intended. The story, of a small New England town on edge because of a string of arsons, is more thoughtful than dramatic, and feels utterly real. Miller writes women particularly well, and it’s fascinating to know how Frankie Rowley’s inner life sounds to Miller herself. A beautiful performance. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Sue Miller

Author Bio: Sue Miller

Sue Miller is the author of While I Was Gone, The Distinguished Guest, For Love, Family Pictures, Inventing the Abbotts, and The Good Mother, many of which made the New York Times bestsellers list.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 11.62
Audience: Adult
Language: English