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The plot

by Korelitz, Jean Hanff, 1961-

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"Jean Hanff Korelitz's The Plot is a psychologically suspenseful novel about a story too good not to steal, and the writer who steals it. Jacob Finch Bonner was once a promising young novelist with a respectably published first book. Today, he's teaching in a third-rate MFA program and struggling to maintain what's left of his self-respect; he hasn't written-let alone published-anything decent in years. When Evan Parker, his most arrogant student, announces he doesn't need Jake's help because the plot of his book in progress is a sure thing, Jake is prepared to dismiss the boast as typical amateur narcissism. But then . . . he hears the plot. Jake returns to the downward trajectory of his own career and braces himself for the supernova publication of Evan Parker's first novel: but it never comes. When he discovers that his former student has died, presumably without ever completing his book, Jake does what any self-respecting writer would do with a story like that-a story that absolutely needs to be told. In a few short years, all of Evan Parker's predictions have come true, but Jake is the author enjoying the wave. He is wealthy, famous, praised and read all over the world. But at the height of his glorious new life, an e-mail arrives, the first salvo in a terrifying, anonymous campaign: You are a thief, it says. As Jake struggles to understand his antagonist and hide the truth from his readers and his publishers, he begins to learn more about his late student, and what he discovers both amazes and terrifies him. Who was Evan Parker, and how did he get the idea for his "sure thing" of a novel? What is the real story behind the plot, and who stole it from whom?"--
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Booklist Review: "A decade after his well-regarded first novel, Jacob Finch Bonner is stuck teaching at a third-rate creative writing program in northern Vermont. When an arrogant student, Evan Parker, declares he has a plot in mind that he is sure will lead to a big publishing deal, Jacob is shocked to find that he agrees. Two years later, Jacob is at a precarious moment in his career. Wondering whatever happened with Evan and his book, he learns of his death. Desperate for success, Jacob decides that Evan's plot should not go to waste. Jacob's book, pointedly titled Crib, becomes an international sensation. When he receives a message accusing him of being a thief, his efforts to unmask the sender sets his own remarkable plot in motion. Korelitz, author of the smash-hit You Should Have Known (2014), effortlessly deconstructs the campus novel and, much like Michael Chabon in Wonder Boys (1995), acerbically mocks the publishing industry. Fearless Korelitz presents a wry and unusual joyride of a thriller full of gasp-inducing twists as it explores copyright, ownership, and the questionable morals of writers."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Jacob Finch Bonner, the hapless protagonist of this ingeniously twisty novel from Korelitz (The Devil and Webster), teaches creative writing in a low-residency MFA program at Ripley College in Vermont. Since his first novel came out to critical acclaim years before, Jake has published virtually nothing. One of Jake's students is cocky Evan Parker, who announces the first day of class that he's considering using "Parker Evan" as a pen name and is well along in his novel, which he asserts has the perfect plot. Soon after leaving the residency, Evan dies, leaving the "sure thing" to gather dust. When Jake learns of Evan's death, he uses Evan's plot for what turns out to be a phenomenally successful bestseller. But as Jake is in the midst of a whirlwind book tour, he's contacted by someone who knows exactly what he did and is vowing to out his literary transgression to the world. Deep character development, an impressively thick tapestry of intertwining story lines, and a candid glimpse into the publishing business make this a page-turner of the highest order. Korelitz deserves acclaim for her own perfect plot. Agent: Suzanne Gluck, WME. (May)"
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Subjects Theft Fiction
Electronic books.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Celadon Books2021
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
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ISBN 9781250790743
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