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

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

Brock Clarke

It was never young Sam Pulsifer’s intention to torch an American landmark: the whole business of burning down the Emily Dickinson house was simply a tragic accident. So after ten years in prison, Sam is determined to put the past behind him.

He finishes college and settles down with a career, a family and a home in a nice new development, his low-profile life chugging along beautifully—until the homes of other famous writers start to go up in smoke. As the number one suspect, Sam realises that finding the real culprit is the only way to clear his name. But sometimes, he finds, there’s a terrible price to pay for the truth.

Brock Clarke
About the Author

Brock Clarke is the author of three previous books: The Ordinary White Boy and two story collections. His stories and essays have appeared in a number of journals and reviews. He lives in Cincinnati and teaches creative writing at the University of Cincinnati.

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320 pp
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24 November 2008
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Praise for Brock Clarke
andAn Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England

‘Wildly, unpredictably funny…as cheerfully oddball as its title.’

‘What makes An Arsonist’s Guide such an engaging and wildly original work is the captivating voice of Sam Pulsifer.’

‘Philosophical and deeply funny.’

‘Funny, profound…a seductive book with a payoff on every page.’

‘Clarke’s novel sizzles.’


‘A hilarious tale…wacky and wildly imaginative.’

‘Enormously funny.’

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