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From the blog of author Brock Clarke:

But Enough About Me

posted on August 23rd, 2007

First, since you’re nice enough to keep asking about my just-published novel An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in England, here are some new reviews:

“As a title, An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England has a lot to live up to. Happily, Brock Clarke’s hilarious new novel makes good on its title and then some, with a loopily shambolic narrative as captivating as its feckless firebug narrator, Sam Pulsifer. . . . It’s the perfect end-of-summer book, funny and sharp and smart enough to ease the transition from beach to boardroom. Just don’t leave it near a pack of matches.”–Village Voice

“A witty, intensely clever piece of writing that scrutinizes our relationship with stories and storytelling. . . . Clarke composes with panache, packing his pages with offbeat humor, vibrant characters, and tender scenes.”–Utne

“Brock Clarke flames entire genres of fiction in this clever and often hilarious tale.”–Paste magazine

“Lit lovers of all stripes will find something in it that they’ll love–after all, the mystery is about figuring out who’s burning down the homes of some of America’s most famous writers, from Edith Wharton’s to Herman Melville’s. And the writing? Darn good stuff.”–American Way (in flight magazine of American Airlines)

“A tenderhearted black comedy that’s reminiscent of classic works like John Irving’s The World According to Garp. . . . What makes An Arsonist’s Guide such an engaging and wildly original work is the captivating voice of Sam Pulsifer . . . Like all of literature’s most compelling characters, it’s hard to say goodbye to him when we turn the final page.”–Bookpage

So, thanks for asking, and I’m glad to have good news to report.

But that’s enough about me. Let me answer the other question so many of you have been asking: who is going to win this year’s US Open tennis tournament? Good question. And the answer is: Thomas Berdych, the softhanded Czech, and Maria Sharapova, who people keep saying, with authority, has an easy draw. And as importantly: I don’t have cable, and so who is going to let me come over to their house to watch the tournament?

1 comment follows:

  1. At 8:13 am on August 26th, 2007, Dave P. commented:

    Why does Sam shoot from outside so much? How did Black Francis get so fat? Is Rhett Miller the cutest lil’ thing ever?

    These are things I need to know.

    Congrats on the book and the great reviews. Bring your tour to Cleveland…

    Reporting live from the Ak-Rowdy,
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