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An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England: A Novel

An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England: A Novel

by Brock Clarke


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

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ISBN-13: 9781565126145
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 09/02/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 305
Sales rank: 1,179,427
Product dimensions: 8.02(w) x 5.46(h) x 0.91(d)

About the Author

Brock Clarke is an award-winning author of seven previous works of fiction, including the bestselling An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England. He lives in Maine, and teaches at Bowdoin College.

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"Brock Clarke is our generation's Richard Ford, destined to be as influential and as celebrated. And his arsonist, Sam Pulsifer, is an Everyman surburban nomad, a literary misadventurer who is as insightful and doomed as he is heartbreakingly hilarious. I love this book"—Heidi Julavits, author of The Uses of Enchantment

"This is a sad, funny, absurd, and incredibly moving novel. Its comic mournnfulness, its rigorous, breakneck narrative, delight. . . . Clarke [has] given us a wonderful book about life, literature, and the anxieties of their influence."—Sam Lipsyte, author of Home Land

"While I was reading this dark, funny, tragic novel, I would look at the people around me and feel sorry for them because they weren't occupying the same world I was; they weren't living as I was, inside the compelling, off-kilter atmosphere of Brock Clarke's pages. This is the best book I’ve read in a long time." — Carolyn Parkhurst, author of The Dogs of Babel

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