Word Has It…

August 31, 2008

Some books are released to eagerly awaiting readers and become instant bestsellers because their authors have already published one or more successful books; think James Patterson or Janet Evanovich.
Others, however, are released by their publishers with the fervent hopes that readers will navigate to their books after a few influential critics/reviewers give their thumbs up or the book is shortlisted for, or even wins, a literary award and are warmly rewarded by the results; think The Tenderness Of Wolves by Stef Penney or The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz.
Still others become wildly popular because the stars align for the authors and the writing taps a vein of desire for a congruence of diverse readers who pass on their recommendation to all who will listen; think The Story Of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski, The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry or The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer as recent examples. Books such as these may sometimes be identified early on by the ‘word on the street’ on publishing websites and blogs. Word has it, that three newly published books fit this category:

The Black Tower by Louis Bayard

American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti