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The Plot: A Novel by Jean Hanff Korelitz
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The Plot: A Novel (edition 2021)

by Jean Hanff Korelitz (Author)

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Title:The Plot: A Novel
Authors:Jean Hanff Korelitz (Author)
Info:Celadon Books (2021), 336 pages
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The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz

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Jake Bonner wrote a really good, very popular book. But he was in danger of remaining a one-hit wonder when chance threw an opportunity in his way. Many years ago, when Jake was a teaching at a low-rent writer's workshop, a student told him about the plot of the book he was writing. Recognizing that the idea was sure to become a bestseller, Jake couldn't help but be jealous. Several years later, he comes to learn that the student has died, his book never written. So Jake takes the idea and runs with it.

Sure enough, the book is a hit, jumping onto the bestseller list, becoming an Oprah pick, everything Jake always thought he wanted. But he can't enjoy his fame and fortune, because he's just waiting for someone to expose him. And then one day, he gets a note: "You are a thief." Someone knows his secret, but who? And what do they want? As the threats of exposure intensify, Jake falls down the rabbit hall of his former student's life, where he unearths more secrets than might be quite healthy for him.

Like other reviewers, I too found the plot twist to be kind of predictable, but there was still plenty of suspense as I read to find out how Korelitz was going to pull it all off. On one level, this book is a disturbing, twisty story, with a somewhat pathetic main character you couldn't help but have some sympathy for. On another level, this book is a meditation on the ownership of ideas and the responsibility wrtiers have to one another. On either level, the book falls a little short, as characters and ideas aren't as fleshed out as one might like, but that doesn't prevent it from being an overall enjoyable read.

FTC Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for this review. ( )
1 vote mzonderm | Oct 7, 2021 |
It's smart, clever and believable.

Jacob Finch Bonner wrote a novel, "The Invention of Wonder" at 25 years old which turned into a best seller. He struggled to publish another book and started teaching at Ripley College where he consulted with a brilliant student, Evan Parker, who had an impressive manuscript.

A few years later after he was no longer teaching, Bonner learned that his former student had died with no survivors except a niece. Then he decided to gamble and stole his book. And then happy days were ahead and he enjoyed a huge success. But there was a leak. Someone sent him a message telling him he was a thief.

It's not the first time that this concept has been used with a writer stealing someone else's work. The author presents this quote at the beginning of the book: "good writers borrow, great writers steal" by T.S. Eliot.

However, it doesn't take long to notice this book is different and exceptional in many ways. The author cleverly worked Bonner's new novel, "Crib" into "The Plot" with an exciting, action packed storyline. It's an eye opener for those that are interested in writing and publishing. This book was devoured overnight.

My thanks to Jean Hanff Korelitz and Celedon Books for sending me a copy of the book which gets released on May 11, 2021. ( )
  Jacsun | Oct 5, 2021 |
A great read if you don't mind disliking just about everyone in the story. Readers of contemporary fiction will figure out a plot twist fairly early. ( )
  sblock | Sep 23, 2021 |
Having read her riveting book You Should Have Known, I knew I had to read The Plot when I heard about it. Jake is an author whose career is stalled, so he is reduced to teaching a seminar for aspiring authors. One student tells him the plot of the story he is going to write, and after Jake learns that he has died, he decides to steal the plot. He writes a wildly successful bestseller. Then he receives the cryptic message "You are a thief." More accusatory messages follow, and escalate in their threats. While Jake struggles with the threat of losing everything, he also meets Anna and falls in love. He also starts researching the life of his student, Evan. All of these stories intertwine in a frightening climax. I figured out where things were going before Jake did, but there were still come surprises. But you can't put the book down, as you work alongside Jake to find answers. Jake is not exactly likeable, but his character is well drawn. Anna is a little too perfect, especially as we learn more about her past.
Korelitz is a great author. ( )
  cherybear | Sep 13, 2021 |
What a good value: two fun plots for the price of one! Recommended for all libraries. ( )
  librarianarpita | Sep 6, 2021 |
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Good writers borrow, great writers steal.
—T. S. Eliot (but possibly stolen from Oscar Wilde)
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For Laurie Eustis
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Jacob Finch Bonner, the once promising author of the "New & Noteworthy" (The New York Times Book Review) novel The Invention of Wonder, let himself into the office he'd been assigned on the second floor of Richard Peng Hall, set his beat-up leather satchel on the barren desk, and looked around in something akin to despair.
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