The Arsonist

  • by Sue Miller
  • Narrated by Sue Miller
  • 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 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 this compelling book unfolds, as Bud and Frankie begin an unexpected, passionate affair, arson upends 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.


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Customer Reviews

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keeps you listening!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Arsonist to be better than the print version?

I don't know, I didn't read it, I listened.

What did you like best about this story?

It was interesting on many levels, with several different stories going on.
The ending was interesting and not quite what I thought would happen.

Have you listened to any of Sue Miller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

That is not possible, but it kept me lidtening.

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- anita


What disappointed you about The Arsonist?

Although I like her descriptive writing there was no plot in the book worth following. The Arsonist, the lover and the family issues were all boring and, for the most part, ended unceramoniously.

Would you ever listen to anything by Sue Miller again?

Possible, if there was a story worth following.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Arsonist?

I would have added more excitement about pursuing the arsonist and made the love story or her families life more emotional. It's like her parents were more her second cousins than her Mother and Father.

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- Jorge

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-24-2014
  • Publisher: Random House Audio