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From the blog of author Brock Clarke:

Why Western Massachusetts?

posted on August 16th, 2007

Katy recently asked me this: I recently finished reading an advanced copy I picked up at BookExpo in June. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I live in Northampton and I’m curious what your ties are with Western Massachusetts? Have you spent time here or was it just the proximity to the Emily Dickinson House that made you set the novel here?

I was born in Springfield, MA. My mother was born in Springfield, too, as were her parents, as was my middle brother. My grandfather, father, and little brother all went to Amherst College, and I would have, too, if they had only let me in. But that’s more than you asked. As for my interest in the Emily Dickinson House, I took a trip there as a college senior, and have, for several reasons, never been ever to get over it.