Alumnae Authors: In Their Words THE PLOT by Jean Hanff Korelitz

  • 21 Sep 2021
  • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Online

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.


Jean Hanff Korelitz '83 is the author of the novels You Should Have Known (which aired on HBO in October 2020 The Undoing, starring Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, and Donald Sutherland), Admission (adapted as a film in 2013 starring Tina Fey), The Devil and Webster, The White Rose, The Sabbathday River and A Jury of Her Peers, as well as Interference Powder, a novel for children. Her company BOOKTHEWRITER hosts Pop-Up Book Groups in which small groups of readers discuss new books with their authors. She lives in New York City with her husband, Irish poet Paul Muldoon.

Sarah McCraw Crow '87 has articles and short stories in many magazines and literary journals. She’s a graduate of Dartmouth College, Stanford University, and Vermont College of Fine Arts, and she lives on an old farm in New Hampshire with her family. The Wrong Kind of Woman is her first novel.

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