42-year-old Frankie is still trying to figure it all out in Sue Miller’s “The Arsonist,” her latest on the heels of bestsellers including “The Senator’s Wife” and The Lake Shore Limited.”
Miller’s primary character, Frankie Rowley, is in a bit of a freefall—unsure of her present, she heads back to her past—the summer home in New Hampshire that’s now her parents’ year-round stead. Having spent 15 years in Africa as a relief worker, she finds herself unexpectedly offering relief to her mother, Sylvia, whose facing a personal crisis of her own—caring for her husband, Alfie, as he sinks further into the abyss of Alzheimers.
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