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

A Novel

by Brock Clarke

An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England
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    Sep 2007, 305 pages
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    Sep 2008, 305 pages

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A novel disguised as a memoir, a mystery that cloaks itself in humor, and an artful piece of literature that bites the hand that breeds it

An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' 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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