An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England: A Novel
is a critically acclaimed 2007 novel by author Brock Clarke
. The novel centers on a man who accidentally burns down the home
of Emily Dickinson
, in the process killing a couple who were making love in her bed. During his years in prison, he and his family received volumes of fan mail asking that he also burn down other famous literary homes, such as those of Mark Twain
and Nathaniel Hawthorne
. After his release, someone begins to do just that, with the hero being forced to find out who wants to frame him by destroying the homes.
The novel has been optioned for a film production by Warner Independent.