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An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England

A Novel

By Brock Clarke

"Funny, profound . . . a seductive book with a payoff on every page."—People

A lot of remarkable things have happened in the life of Sam Pulsifer, the hapless hero of this incendiary novel, beginning with the ten years he spent in prison for accidentally burning down Emily Dickinson's house and unwittingly killing two people. emerging at age twenty-eight, he creates a new life and identity as a husband and father. But when the homes of other famous New England writers suddenly go up in smoke, he must prove his innocence by uncovering the identity of this literary-minded arsonist.

In the league of such contemporary classics as A Confederacy of Dunces and The World According to Garp, An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England is an utterly original story about truth and honesty, life and the imagination.

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"It's nearly impossible not to care about and laugh with Sam.   ...He appeals to the fool in everyone and comforts us  in  knowing that we're not alone."—Chicago Tribune
"Sizzles." - The Washington Post Book World
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Number of pages
305
Publication date
September 02, 2008
ISBN
9781565126145