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Clarke, Brock

Overview
Works: 25 works in 116 publications in 8 languages and 6,884 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Humorous fiction  Psychological fiction  Satire  Bildungsromans  Black humor  Short stories  Satirical literature  Detective and mystery fiction  Domestic fiction 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PS3603.L37, 813.6
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Publications about Brock Clarke
Publications by Brock Clarke
Most widely held works by Brock Clarke
An arsonist's guide to writers' homes in New England : a novel by Brock Clarke( Book )
44 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 1,694 libraries worldwide
Sam Pulsifer is determined to put his past behind him after serving a prison term for torching an American literary landmark and killing two people in the blaze, but when the homes of notable American writers begin to go up in smoke, his history makes him the prime suspect
Carrying the torch : stories by Brock Clarke( file )
6 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 1,290 libraries worldwide
The stories in this collection occupy a world at once as familiar as a suburban backyard or a southern college's hallowed football field and as strange as a man who buys Savannah, Georgia, and tries to turn it into the perfect Southern city as part of his attempt to win back his estranged wife. The fictional territory of Carrying the Torch, is in short, Brock Clarke's, one in which the surreal and the hilarious share a neighborhood with the painfully real and the sweetly ironic. Here readers will encounter characters dislocated by work and love, by huge losses and life's small dramas, men and women who have migrated South in search of redemption--or at least in the hope of leaving the worst behind. - Publisher's description
Exley : a novel by Brock Clarke( Book )
10 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 967 libraries worldwide
Therapist Dr. Pahnee, hired by young Miller Le Ray's mother, finds his own reality unraveling as he tries to deal with a patient dedicated to telling the truth who is unable to distinguish between fact and fiction, while grappling with his own growing attraction to the boy's mother
The happiest people in the world : a novel by Brock Clarke( Book )
5 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 916 libraries worldwide
The people of Denmark are "the happiest people in the world"--Theoretically. When some Danish political cartoonists attempt to depict Muhammad in their drawings, it prompts protests, arson, and even assassination attempts. One of those cartoonists, given protection through the CIA, is relocated to a small town in upstate New York where he is given a job as a high school guidance counselor
Exley : a novel by Brock Clarke( file )
7 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 446 libraries worldwide
Therapist Dr. Pahnee, hired by young Miller Le Ray's mother, finds his own reality unraveling as he tries to deal with a patient dedicated to telling the truth who is unable to distinguish between fact and fiction, while grappling with his own growing attraction to the boy's mother
The ordinary white boy by Brock Clarke( Book )
3 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 431 libraries worldwide
The time has come for twenty-seven-year-old Lamar Kerry, Jr. to shed his "ordinariness" and come to his hometown's rescue
An arsonist's guide to writers' homes in New England : [a novel] by Brock Clarke( file )
10 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 393 libraries worldwide
After being released from prison for starting a fire as a teenager, at the Emily Dickinson House that killed two people Sam Pulsifer starts his life over. He finishes college, starts a career, gets married and has two children. When the homes of Robert Frost, Edith Wharton, Herman Melville, and Nathaniel Hawthorne, and even a replica of Henry David Thoreau's cabin at Walden Pond he is the prime suspect. Now he must find the real culprit to clear his name
The price of the haircut by Brock Clarke( Book )
3 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 229 libraries worldwide
"A collection of stories featuring absurdist plot twists and trenchant wit"--
What we won't do : stories by Brock Clarke( Book )
3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 192 libraries worldwide
The happiest people in the world : a novel by Brock Clarke( Sound Recording )
7 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 137 libraries worldwide
Adapting the format of the political thriller and subverting it to tell his story of innocence corrupted, Clarke has delivered a biting and controversial satire on the American obsession with security and the conspiracies that threaten it. A spy novel like no other spy novel. It's also a send-up of American culture, and in particular the constant pursuit of individual happiness of the kind that is attainable only at the expense of others
An arsonist's guide to writers' homes in New England : a novel by Brock Clarke( file )
2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 122 libraries worldwide
This book is the delightfully dark story of Sam Pulsifer, the accidental arsonist and murderer narrator who leads readers through a multilayered, flame-filled adventure about literature, lies, love and life. Growing up in Amherst, Mass., with an editor for a father and an English teacher for a mother, Sam was fed endless stories that fueled (literally and figuratively) the rest of his life. Thus, the blurred boundaries between fact and fiction, story and reality become the landscape for amusing and provocative adventures that begin when, at age 18, Sam accidentally torches the Emily Dickinson Homestead, killing two people. After serving 10 years, Sam tries to distance himself from his past through college, employment, marriage and fatherhood, but he eventually winds up back in his parents' home, separated from his wife and jobless. When more literary landmarks go up in flames, Sam is the likely suspect, and his determination to find the actual arsonist uncovers family secrets and more than a bit about human nature. Sam is equal parts fall guy and tour guide in this bighearted and wily jolt to the American literary legacy
A novel by Brock Clarke( Book )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 30 libraries worldwide
Case di scrittori del New England : la guida del piromane by Brock Clarke( Book )
2 editions published in 2010 in Italian and held by 18 libraries worldwide
The price of the haircut : stories by Brock Clarke( file )
2 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 7 libraries worldwide
From an acclaimed and original writer comes a new collection of stories bursting with absurdist plot twists and laced with trenchant wit. Brock Clarke, author of An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England and Exley, among other novels, now offers up bite-sized morsels of his trademark social satire that will have listeners laughing, and perhaps shifting uncomfortably in their seats. The title story delivers a cringingly biting dissection of racial attitudes in contemporary America, and Clarke also turns his eagle eye to subjects like PTSD, the fate of child actors, and, most especially, marital discord in stories like "Considering Lizzie Borden, Her Axe, My Wife" and "The Misunderstandings." In "The Pity Palace," a masterful study in self-absorption and self-delusion, a reclusive husband in Florence, Italy, who believes his wife has left him for a famous novelist, sells tickets to tourists anxious to meet someone more miserable than they. It's a distinctly Clarkean world, in which listeners find themselves reflected back with the distortion of funhouse mirrors-and swept up on a wild ride of heart-wrenching insight and self-discovery
Price of the Haircut : Stories by Brock Clarke( Book )
1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
<> by Brock Clarke( Book )
1 edition published in 2010 in Hebrew and held by 2 libraries worldwide
The Allen & Helen Kellogg Writers Series ( Book )
in English and held by 1 library worldwide
An excerpt from "For those of us who need such things" by Brock Clarke( Book )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
An arsonist's guide to writers' homes in New England (Chinese version) by Brock Clarke( Book )
1 edition published in 2007 in Chinese and held by 1 library worldwide
Carrying the Torch: Stories (Prairie schooner book prize in fiction) by Brock Clarke( Book )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
 
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Languages
English (94)
Chinese (5)
French (3)
German (2)
Italian (2)
Spanish (2)
Hebrew (1)
Dutch (1)
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