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



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Author
Clarke, Brock
Descriptors
Accidents
Arson
Authors
Classics
Contemporary Fiction
Fictional Memoirs
Fires
Mystery-Amateur Sleuth
Mystery-Literary
Parenting
Secrets
Young Men
Location/Setting:
New England
Time Period:
20th Century
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Summary
Sam Pulsifer, at age 18, accidentally burns down the Emily Dickinson house, killing two people as a result. Sam spends ten years imprisoned for his crime, but once he's released, he finishes college, begins a career and hides his past from his new wife. Sam's criminal past begins to catch up to him when someone starts burning down other nearby famous writers' homes. Sam becomes the prime suspect and begins his own investigation to uncover the real arsonist, discovering some truths about his family, in the process.
Critique
Brock Clarke delivers a quirky and original read. An equal parts laugh-out-loud funny and quietly serious book about the positive and negative impact of literature. Sam is a likeable character, if often a naive and simple-minded self-proclaimed `bumbler.` Recommend.
ISBN
9781565125513
  iBistro
# of Pages
303
Published
2007
Formats
Reviewer's Initials: CO


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