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

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

Large Print - 2007
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Sam Pulsifer is determined to put his past behind him after serving a prison term for torching an American literary landmark and killing two people in the blaze, but when the homes of notable American writers begin to go up in smoke, his history makes him the prime suspect.

Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2007
ISBN: 9781410402851
1410402851
Branch Call Number: L FICTION CLARKE
Characteristics: 499 p. (large print) : 23 cm

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branch_reviews Feb 02, 2013

Sam Pulsifer is an accidental arsonist trying to recover his life after serving time for the blunder of burning down the home of Emily Dickinson and, in the process, killing two people who were inside. Having received letters during his incarceration from aggrieved correspondents who asked him to burn down other famous New England writers' homes, Sam's new life is torn apart when he becomes a suspect after two of these writers' homes do burn down. Sam begins his bumbling search to find out who is framing him while fulfilling these arson requests. Reminiscent of A Confederacy of Dunces, or the clever and quirky humour of Daniel Handler, this novel will appeal to those who like to explore the darker truths of life and the stories we tell ourselves and others and eventually believe. Reviewed by VW

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