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Teaser Tuesday (July 22)

Tuesday Teaser

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

• Open to a random page

• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to

My Teaser this week is from The Arsonist by Sue Miller

The Arsonist


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. Goodreads

My Teaser

Her mother looked from her to her father and back, and Frankie felt the sense she had sometimes had as an adolescent, the sense of having laid some claim to him that her mother didn’t like-or, at any rate, would try not to acknowledge.
Now she said brightly, “Well! Here you are, you two!”


A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

32 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday (July 22)

      1. On the other hand, a change of pace can be very refreshing. Some books are easier to buy in than others. Books with several threads can be straining. I am always glad when these loose threads are finally combined.


  1. Cleo – This one sounds like a powerful look at the dynamics in a small town. I’ll be interested in your full-on review of it.


  2. I just read this one last week and enjoyed it as I do all Ms. Miller’s books. They are not fast-moving, but the stories they tell are worthwhile. By the way, I just started Under Your Skin and I see you have it on your sidebar 🙂
    Rita_h @ My Home of Books


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