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Amazon Best of the Month, August 2007: InAn Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New Englan, the quirkiest title for a book sinceSpecial Topics in Calamity Physics, Brock Clarke lights up the page with the chronicle of a man who, as a teenager, accidentally burned down the Emily Dickinson House in Amherst, Massachusetts, killing two people. ("It's probably enough to say that in the Massachusetts Mt. Rushmore of big gruesome tragedy, there are the Kennedys, and Lizzie Borden and her ax, and the burning witches at Salem, and then there's me.") After serving ten years in prison for the crime, Sam Pulsifer moves on with his life, but the emergence of a copycat who's turning New England's literary landmarks to ash puts Sam back in the spotlight and on a quest for the truth. Comparisons toThe World According to GarpandA Confederacy of Duncesmay be bold, but this heartfelt, funny, and highly entertaining tale promises to be Brock Clarke's breakout book for certain.--Brad Thomas Parsons
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Books, Fiction, Humorous Fiction, Literary Fiction, Dark Humor Books, New England Fiction


ISBN-10:  1565125517
ISBN-13:  978-1565125513
Author:  Brock Clarke
Genre:  Fiction
Publisher:  Algonquin Books
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review by . September 30, 2008
The back-cover praise quotes for this book are effusive about its "heartbreakingly hilarious" humor, adventure, and darkly-comic tragedy. I saw some humor, some tragedy, some story, but not enough for such extravagant praise.     Mostly what I saw was a writer trying too hard to reach for those things, and coming up a few too many words short. Interestingly, in the acknowledgment, Clarke thanks several journals for publishing parts of the novel "often in dramatically different …
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