Posted by Merry Mao on January 3rd, 2008
Title: The Arsonist’s Guide to Writer’s Homes in New England
Author: Brock Clarke
Summary: Take one part fictional memoir, one part mystery and add as self-confessed bumbler with a sprinkle of literary landmarks and you have this delightful book.
Sam Pulsifer, the narrator, accidentally torches the Emily Dickinson house and kills two people. After serving 10 years in prison, he returns to Amherst to begin his life anew with college, marriage, and fatherhood. His idyllic life goes up in flames as an arsonist begins to torch more writers homes, leaving him as the unlucky suspect. Our bumbler only wishes he had read more mysteries as a guide to help him in his quest for the arsonist instead of literary works of art.
Who will like this book?: Mystery readers who like humor in their books, and readers who wish to take an irreverent literary tour through New England
Recommended by: Sandy, Technical Services