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Unfinished Friday

December 18, 2009

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 🙂

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 18, 2009 3:39 pm

    This sounds interesting, I might have to give it a try. Maybe I should read A Reliable Wife first, just to be on the safe side?

  2. December 18, 2009 5:02 pm

    I never finished An Arsonist’s Guide either- and I gave my copy away, so it’s too late! 🙂 Thanks for joining us- hope to see you back again! 🙂

  3. Jen S. permalink
    January 20, 2010 9:00 pm

    I never finished Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. So many people liked it, but I just couldn’t get into it. I tried a bunch of times, but finally just moved on to something else. Have you read it? What did you think?

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