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

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (10.65 hours)
Product Number: Z100026678
Released: Sep 04, 2007
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781415944486
Narrator/s: Daniel Passer
Publisher: Books on Tape
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Sam Pulsifer, the hapless hero of this incendiary novel, has come to the end of a very long and unusual journey, and for the second time in his life he has the time to think about all the things that have and have not come to pass. The truth is, a lot of remarkable things have happened in Sam's life. He spent ten years in prison for accidentally burning down poet Emily Dickinson's house-and unwittingly killing two people in the process. He emerged at age twenty-eight and set about creating a new life-almost a new identity-for himself. He went to college, found love, got married, fathered two children, and made a new start-and then watched in almost-silent awe as the vengeful past caught up with him, right at his own front door. As, one by one, the homes of other famous New England writers are torched, Sam knows that this time he is most certainly not the guilty one. To prove his innocence, he sets out to uncover the identity of this literary-minded arsonist. What he discovers, and how he deals with the reality of his discoveries, is both hilariously funny and heartbreakingly sad. For, as Sam learns, the truth has a way of eluding capture, and then, when you finally get close enough to embrace it, it turns and kicks you in the ass.

Author(s): Brock Clarke
Original Publish Date: Sep 04, 2007

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Author(s): Brock Clarke
Product Number EB00008861
Released: Sep 02, 2008
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Algonquin Books
ISBN: #9781565126381

Professional reviews

"If the title isn't enough to capture the listener, Daniel Passer's narration will be. Passer assumes the voice of Sam, who served prison time for burning down Emily Dickinson's house with two people inside. Even though Sam's deed was an accident, there's something in his voice, and in Passer's performance of it, that keeps the listener rapt with attention. Sam is socially awkward at best and eerily distant at worst. Listening to him as his post-prison life--replete with wife, children, and home--is consumed by the vengeful return of his past is fascinating for its beautiful observations and appropriately awkward delivery. Passer's neutral yet appealing tone is the ideal voice for Sam and this excellent audiobook. L.B.F. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"

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