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Homes in New England is the sort of book that
causes one to laugh out loud - not with guffaws of
crowd attracting hysteria, but with chuckles that
slip out unawares, causing fellow commuters to turn
with questioning glances.
Meet Sam Pulsifer, one of life's well-meaning blunderers whose nuggets of wisdom share similarities with Forrest Gump, except that Sam's a lot brighter (although it would probably be easier for him if he wasn't), and where everything Gump touches turns to gold, everything Sam gets near turns to ashes.
We first meet Sam at the age of 28; ten years after he accidentally burned down the Emily Dickinson House in Amherst, Massachusetts - not only incinerating the house but ...
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