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

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

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Brock Clarke
publisher:
Algonquin Books
genre:
Comic Novels, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an A-

One little mistake, and Pffft — your life goes up in smoke. Ten years after Sam Pulsifier accidentally burns down Emily Dickinson’s childhood home, he becomes Suspect No. 1 when other scribes’ homes get flamed. Who’s really to blame? This absurdly hilarious mystery, An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England about a bumbler’s guilt-consumed life skewers the whole memoir thing and offers a fact/fiction-blurring meditation on the risky business of self-deception: ”Sometimes the lies you tell are less frightening than the loneliness you might feel if you stopped telling them.” A killer line in Brock Clarke’s searingly funny book. A-

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