Alumnae Authors: In Their Words
THE PLOT by Jean Hanff Korelitz
Please join us for the fifth virtual book club our alumnae author series, held in partnership with alumna-owned Still North Books & Bar in Hanover.
Our Fall 2021 event will feature Jean Hanff Korelitz '83, whose new book The Plot is a propulsive read about a story too good not to steal, and the writer who steals it. Korelitz will be joined in conversation by Sarah McCraw Crow '87. Reading the book is encouraged, but not required to attend.
September 21st at 7PM EST
Hailed as “breathtakingly suspenseful,” Jean Hanff Korelitz’s The Plot follows Jacob Finch Bonner, 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. When Evan Parker, his most arrogant student, announces he doesn’t need Jake’s help, 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.
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 email arrives: 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. Who was Evan Parker, and how did he get the idea for his novel? What is the real story behind the plot, and who stole it from whom?
Learn more and purchase a copy here. To receive 15% off the book, use code WDFall21 at checkout.
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