Name: Mill Town Reckoning with What Remains by Kerri Arsenault
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Title: Mill Town
Author: Kerri Arsenault
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A galvanizing and powerful debut, Mill Town is an American story, a human predicament, and a moral wake-up call that asks: what are we willing to tolerate and whose lives are we willing to sacrifice for our own survival?
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."
In Mill Town, Arsenault undertakes an excavation of her town, where she sifts through historical archives and scientific reports, talks to family and…