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An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England by Brock Clarke
An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England begins with Sam Pulsifer admitting that as an 18-year old man, he accidentally burned down Emily Dickinson's house, killing a couple making love upstairs. After being released from prison, he tries to deny his past, marrying a woman without telling her of the tragedy. When the son of the couple killed in the fire shows up demanding an apology, everything unravels for Sam. When other writers' houses begin to burn down in copycat crimes, Sam is the obvious suspect. Perhaps the real culprit is one the hundreds of people who wrote him letters when he was in prison asking him to burn down writers' houses near their own. Brock Clarke's novel has received positive reviews with the Village Voice saying, "It's the perfect end-of-summer book, funny and sharp and smart enough to ease the transition from beach to boardroom. Just don't leave it near a pack of matches."