Written by Sue Miller
Trade Paperback, 320 pages | Vintage | Fiction – Contemporary Women; Fiction – Family Life; Fiction – Mystery & Detective – Women Sleuths | $15.95 | April 7, 2015 | 978-0-307-74179-0 (0-307-74179-6)
After fifteen years working in East Africa, Frankie Rowley returns to the New Hampshire village where her family has always spent their summers. But the tranquility she’s expecting proves short lived when, on the very night she arrives, a mysterious arsonist begins targeting the homes of other summer residents. As this seemingly idyllic community becomes increasingly on edge, Frankie also has to deal with her father’s declining health—and begins a passionate affair with the editor of a local paper that will yield its own remarkable risks and revelations. Suspenseful, sophisticated, and finely wrought, The Arsonist is an artfully nuanced and deeply emotional novel about a family and a community tested, about how and where one ought to live, and about what it means to lead a fulfilling life.