Reckoning with What Remains

Kerri Arsenault grew up in the rural working class town of Mexico, Maine. For over 100 years the community orbited around a paper mill that employs most townspeople, including three generations of Arsenault's own family. Years after she moved away, Arsenault realized the price she paid for her seemingly secure childhood. The mill, while providing livelihoods for nearly everyone, also contributed to the destruction of the environment and the decline of the town’s economic, physical, and emotional health in a slow-moving catastrophe, earning the area the nickname "Cancer Valley."

Mill Town is a personal investigation, where Arsenault sifts through historical archives and scientific reports, talks to family and neighbors, and examines her own childhood to illuminate the rise and collapse of the working-class, the hazards of loving and leaving home, and the ambiguous nature of toxins and disease. Mill Town is a moral wake-up call that asks, Whose lives are we willing to sacrifice for our own survival?

Subtitle Reckoning with What Remains
Edition First Edition
Publisher St. Martin's Press
Title First Published 01 September 2020
Format Hardcover
Nb of pages CCCLXVIII - p.
Product Detail 1 Cloth
ISBN-10 1250155932
ISBN-13 9781250155931
Publication Date 01 September 2020
Publication , United States
Product Content Text (eye-readable)
Front matter page count (Roman) 368
Dimensions 6 x 9 in.
Weight 32 oz.

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