Can a truly unique plot be a ‘sure thing’ when it comes to publishing? The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz takes that question and turns it into a suspenseful story.
A quick synopsis: a struggling writer named Jake hears about a killer idea for a story from one of his students. But when that man dies, Jake decides to take that idea and write his own story, sharing it with the world. But it turns out, somebody knows his secret, and they’re not willing to stay quiet.
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The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz: My Thoughts
I loved the back-and-forth, story within a story narration. I’m always so fascinated by books about books and/or writers! While I feel like I know a decent amount about the literary/publishing industry and how it works, it still feels like an anomaly sometimes. And this book dove pretty deep into that world (in the best way!).
Not only did this book have intrigue and suspense, but it also discusses the moral dilemma of who a story can belong to. Writing itself is protected under copyright, but can someone truly own a plot?
This book was more of a slow-burn than I expected, but I still really enjoyed it. Great characters, interesting settings (New York, Vermont, etc.), and of course, a unique plot. Very fresh and clever!
Rating: 4.25 (out of 5) stars
Release date: May 11th, 2021
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