Boston Bibliophile has started this great theme – Unfinished Friday. The idea is to write about a book that, for whatever reason, you haven’t finished. I figured I’d kick off my Unfinished Fridays with a book I really did like, but stopped reading because I got sidetracked with another book, A Reliable Wife.
An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England tells the story of Sam Pulsifer, who accidentally burned down the Emily Dickinson house in Amherst, MA when he was a teenager. Two people died in the fire and Sam was sent to prison for ten years.
Now an adult, Sam is married with a family, living in the burbs and working at a packaging firm. Sam is content, if a bit dull, until the houses of other famous New England writers begin to burn down as well. He’s the obvious culprit, but, of course he didn’t do it. Or did he? I don’t know because I never finished the book. It’s on my “To Do” List for 2010, so I’ll keep you posted 🙂