An original Read
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One thing that attracts me to a book is when it doesn't remind me of any other book I've read. Even if I don't absolutely love the book, I have tremendous respect for originality. That is where I find myself regarding The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker. (May 27th). Already an award winner and bestseller across Europe, The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair is a dense original work that is an absorbing mix of romance, mystery, literary fiction, with a thread of Nabokov. Bouncing between a few years ago and the mid-1970's, Dicker tells the story of Marcus Goldman, a young writer who becomes the wealthy toast of the town following his first novel, but then gets hit by a crushing bout of writer's block. Under pressure from a demanding public and an impatient publisher, Marcus reaches out to his college mentor and author of the Great American Novel Harry Quebert to help him break through. Shortly thereafter, details about Harry's past emerge tied into the disappearance of a missing 15 year old girl. In his determination to stand by Harry and clear his name, Marcus launches his own investigation into the past while also trying to control the present. The book is an interesting and effective mix of Harry's writing, small town life, fame, loyalty, and the very nature of love.