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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (4,043 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brock Clarke Narrator: Daniel Passer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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  • A 2008 ALA Notable Book for Fiction

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Laurel | 2/18/2014

    " I was excited when I saw this on the shelf at my small neighborhood library, excited by its quirkiness when I first started reading and then about half way through I....argh...started to skim a bit (part of that might have been my needing to consume Theraflu while reading). Sam became irritating...I just wanted him to get on with it already. Too many characters being stereotypic and weird for the sake of weird characters...was that the point? What am I missing? Am I unclever? And then the ending...wow didn't see any of that which I don't want to spoil coming. Maybe 2 stars. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Di West | 2/17/2014

    " Could not finish this book. It was bleak. And sad. Rather like "Little Miss Sunshine," which I also heard was supposed to be funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Edmond Yomtoob | 2/14/2014

    " I read this a while ago, but walked past a book store the other day, saw it in the window and remembered how much I enjoyed it. A really clever story about a clueless aspergersy type. Lots of literary refernces (a lot of which I didnt get) and comments about people who love books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Joanna | 2/8/2014

    " It's certainly funny, but more in a "Oh, that was funny" way. Many other reviewers found the protagonist unlikeable, but I found him sympathetic. His actions and choices are frustrating, but I think they're so frustrating because we want him to succeed. Ultimately, the ending left me unsatisfied and at a bit of a loss. "

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