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Who actually set the fires? I got frustrated and skipped around in the CD...

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Daphne One of the points of this story should have been that the arsonist was never brought to trial although everyone knew who he was. This was based on the true events in Jefferson NH , pop. 850, during the summer of 1988. I am a flatlander who has spent my vacations there for the past 35 years and I know all of the local people, including the arsonist, who were portrayed in this novel. Sue Miller did a great job describing the locals and I wish the story was more about them, their attitudes, and why they reacted the way that they did. I think it boiled down to that they didn't want outsiders interfering, they felt that their boy had been tricked into confessing and that they could take care of the problem themselves. And they did, he still lives and does odd jobs in town.
The other part of the story, the retired geezers and their children, who cares!
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