Monday, September 17, 2007

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

by Brock Clarke

Once upon a time, teenager Sam Pulsifer accidentally set Emily Dickinson's house on fire and killed two people. He served 10 years in prison and has now returned to the outside world. Thus begins our story. . .

Sam turns his life around: he goes to college, he gets married, and creates a family of his own. One problem--he never tells his wife about his past. His past soon comes to haunt him, as other writers' homes in New England are set on fire. Is Sam the arsonist? If not, who is doing it? Why?

I don't know what to think about this novel. Strange and oddly compelling.


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