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About Jean Hanff Korelitz
Jean Hanff Korelitz is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels THE PLOT (The 2021 Tonight Show Summer Reads pick), YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN (adapted for HBO as "The Undoing" by David E. Kelley, and starring Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant and Donald Sutherland), ADMISSION (adapted as the 2013 film starring Tina Fey), THE DEVIL AND WEBSTER, THE WHITE ROSE, THE SABBATHDAY RIVER and A JURY OF HER PEERS. A new novel, THE LATECOMER, will be published on May 31st, 2022. Her company BOOKTHEWRITER hosts "Pop-Up Book Groups" in person in NYC and online, where small groups of readers can discuss new books with their authors. www.bookthewriter.com
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** NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! ** The Tonight Show Summer Reads Winner ** A New York Times Notable Book of 2021 **
"Insanely readable." —Stephen King
Hailed as "breathtakingly suspenseful," Jean Hanff Korelitz’s The Plot is a propulsive read about a story too good not to steal, and the writer who steals it.
Jacob Finch Bonner was 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; he hasn’t written—let alone published—anything decent in years. When Evan Parker, his most arrogant student, announces he doesn’t need Jake’s help because the plot of his book in progress is a sure thing, 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—a story that absolutely needs to be told.
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 e-mail arrives, the first salvo in a terrifying, anonymous campaign: 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, and what he discovers both amazes and terrifies him. Who was Evan Parker, and how did he get the idea for his “sure thing” of a novel? What is the real story behind the plot, and who stole it from whom?
Grace Reinhart Sachs is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. Devoted to her husband, a pediatric oncologist at a major cancer hospital, their young son Henry, and the patients she sees in her therapy practice, her days are full of familiar things: she lives in the very New York apartment in which she was raised, and sends Henry to the school she herself once attended.
Dismayed by the ways in which women delude themselves, Grace is also the author of a book You Should Have Known, in which she cautions women to really hear what men are trying to tell them. But weeks before the book is published a chasm opens in her own life: a violent death, a missing husband, and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only an ongoing chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster, and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself.
As a little girl climbs off a school bus on the Upper East Side of New York, a man named Trent rushes from the shadows to stab her viciously, instantly becoming the city's latest pariah and setting into motion an increasingly bizarre chain of occurrences. At one end of the chain is Sybylla Muldoon, the Legal Aid attorney who must somehow overcome eyewitness accounts, devastating forensic evidence, and the brutal disfigurement of an innocent child in her struggle to defend Trent; at the other is the mystery of why a previously peaceful and rational man should suddenly commit such an abhorrent crime. Sybylla's client may be inescapably guilty of the act, but everything about the case feels unaccountably wrong.
Raised to argue both sides of anything by her father, a conservative judge whom she adores even as she rejects his politics, Sybylla is committed to the principles of public defense but growing increasingly weary in its practice. Now as she readies Trent's case for trial, Sybylla makes a series of seemingly unrelated discoveries that bind together a thriving trial consulting firm dealing exclusively with conservative prosecuting attorneys, a pattern of unnoticed abductions among New York's homeless, a long-abandoned avenue of medical research, and Sam, Sybylla's new colleague at Legal Aid whom she falls for but can't quite trust. In the end, Trent's mystery leads her to the very summit of the American legal system—the confirmation hearings of a Supreme Court nominee—and to the heart of her own family history, until Sybylla must reconsider virtually everything she believes she knows about her own life.
With its captivating protagonist and its timely consideration of juries, trial consultants, and that elusive notion, justice, A Jury of Her Peers is a chilling novel about the law—and those who seek to corrupt it.
"Admissions. Admission. Aren't there two sides to the word? And two opposing sides...It's what we let in, but it's also what we let out."
For years, 38-year-old Portia Nathan has avoided the past, hiding behind her busy (and sometimes punishing) career as a Princeton University admissions officer and her dependable domestic life. Her reluctance to confront the truth is suddenly overwhelmed by the resurfacing of a life-altering decision, and Portia is faced with an extraordinary test. Just as thousands of the nation's brightest students await her decision regarding their academic admission, so too must Portia decide whether to make her own ultimate admission.
Admission is at once a fascinating look at the complex college admissions process and an emotional examination of what happens when the secrets of the past return and shake a woman's life to its core.
Naomi Roth is the first female president of Webster College, a once conservative school now known for producing fired-up, progressive graduates. So Naomi isn't surprised or unduly alarmed when Webster students begin the fall semester with an outdoor encampment around "The Stump"-a traditional campus gathering place for generations of student activists-to protest a popular professor's denial of tenure. A former student radical herself, Naomi admires the protestors' passion, especially when her own daughter, Hannah, joins their ranks.
Then Omar Khayal, a charismatic Palestinian student with a devastating personal history, emerges as the group's leader, and the demonstration begins to consume Naomi's life, destabilizing Webster College from the inside out. As the crisis slips beyond her control, Naomi must take increasingly desperate measures to protect her friends, colleagues, and family from an unknowable adversary.
Touching on some of the most topical and controversial concerns at the heart of our society, this riveting novel examines the fragility that lies behind who we think we are-and what we think we believe.
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Plot, Jean Hanff Korelitz’s The Latecomer is a layered and immersive literary novel about three siblings, desperate to escape one another, and the upending of their family by the late arrival of a fourth.
The Latecomer follows the story of the wealthy, New York City-based Oppenheimer family, from the first meeting of parents Salo and Johanna, under tragic circumstances, to their triplets born during the early days of IVF. As children, the three siblings – Harrison, Lewyn, and Sally – feel no strong familial bond and cannot wait to go their separate ways, even as their father becomes more distanced and their mother more desperate. When the triplets leave for college, Johanna, faced with being truly alone, makes the decision to have a fourth child. What role will the “latecomer” play in this fractured family?
A complex novel that builds slowly and deliberately, The Latecomer touches on the topics of grief and guilt, generational trauma, privilege and race, traditions and religion, and family dynamics. It is a profound and witty family story from an accomplished author, known for the depth of her character studies, expertly woven storylines, and plot twists.
At forty-eight, Marian Kahn, a professor of history at Columbia, has reached a comfortable perch. Married, wealthy, and the famed discoverer of the eighteenth-century adventuress, Lady Charlotte Wilcox, she ought to be content. Instead, she is horrified to find herself profoundly in love with twenty-six-year-old Oliver, the son of her eldest friend. When Marian's cousin, the snobbish Barton, announces his engagement to Sophie, a graduate student in Marian's department, Marian, Oliver, and Sophie find their lives woefully entangled, and their hearts turned in unfamiliar directions. All three of them will learn that love may seldom be straightforward, but it's always a gift.
From the West Village to the Upper East Side, from the Hamptons to Millbrook, The White Rose is at once a nuanced and affectionate reimagining of Strauss's beloved opera, Der Rosenkavalier, and a mesmerizing novel of our own time and place.
Il faut toujours se fier à ses premières impressions...
Grace Reinhart Sachs, thérapeute spécialisée dans les relations de couple, mène l'existence dont elle a toujours rêvé. Son époux, Jonathan, est un onco-pédiatre sensible et leur fils Henry, 12 ans, un garçon studieux. Très investie dans le travail qu'elle effectue auprès de ses patients, Grace est sur le point de publier un essai,
Vous auriez dû le savoir, dans lequel elle met les femmes en garde : si elles écoutaient attentivement les hommes et se fiaient à leur intuition dès la première rencontre, elles éviteraient bien des déconvenues.
Or, à quelques semaines de la parution, une femme est assassinée et son mari disparaît. Peu à peu, Grace réalise que l'homme qu'elle pensait connaître parfaitement n'est peut-être pas celui qu'elle croyait... Son intuition l'aurait-elle trahie ?
Brillamment construit, servi par la fluidité d'un style remarquable et par la finesse psychologique de son auteur, ce thriller est une plongée dans le chaos d'une vie réduite en cendres, un feu qui se consume et dévore lentement la moindre parcelle de tout ce qu'il touche. Implacable.
Eleven-year-old Nina would like more than anything to take singing lessons, but her mother wants to see an improvement in her grades first. When Nina fails another test, she retreats to the comfort of art class, and with the encouragement of a mysterious substitute teacher named Charlemagne, draws a picture of her life as she would like it—with a perfect test score. Imagine her surprise when in a matter of seconds—and with the help of a little "interference powder" provided by Charlemagne—that picture becomes reality, and that reality turns out to be less than perfect! In this delightful children’s literature debut from a well-known writer for adults, the lines of reality and fantasy are comfortably and hilariously blurred, while the importance of self-awareness comes into sharp focus.
" Un suspense qui explose tous les critères habituels. C'est remarquable ! " Stephen King
Jacob Finch Bonner a connu son heure de gloire comme romancier avant de sombrer dans l'anonymat. Il enseigne désormais l'écriture dans une université du Vermont. Un jour, un de ses étudiants, Evan, lui dévoile l'intrigue du livre qu'il ambitionne d'écrire. Une intrigue géniale. Le best-seller assuré.
Quelques années plus tard, Jacob apprend la mort d'Evan, qui n'aura pas eu le temps de concrétiser son projet. Aussi décide-t-il d'utiliser à son profit l'idée fantastique de ce dernier. Et c'est un triomphe. Mais au plus haut de sa gloire, Jacob reçoit un e-mail anonyme, terrifiant :
Vous êtes un voleur.
Jacob va alors tout faire pour identifier son interlocuteur avant que quiconque apprenne ce qu'il a fait. Pour cela, il va revenir dans le Vermont, pour enquêter sur la vie et la mort d'Evan. Il ne sait pas encore à quel point le jeu va s'avérer dangereux.
L'intrigue parfaite ? c'est celle de ce roman, véritable piège qui dévore peu à peu son lecteur. Avec ce coup de maître, Jean Hanff Korelitz, à qui l'on doit déjà la série diffusée sur HBO
The Undoing, avec Nicole Kidman et Hugh Grant, confirme qu'elle est le nouveau phénomène du thriller psychologique.
" Le meilleur thriller de l'année – et de loin ! "
The Washington Post
Ci sono segreti che possono distruggere la vita.
Pensi davvero di conoscere tutte le ombre del tuo matrimonio?
Grace Reinhart Sachs conduce una vita perfetta a Manhattan, dove fa la psicoterapeuta, abita in una bellissima casa e ha una splendida famiglia composta da Henry, il figlio dodicenne, e il marito Jonathan, oncologo pediatrico di fama. Grace è anche in procinto di pubblicare un libro di consigli per tutte quelle donne che si fidano troppo degli uomini, come accade spesso alle sue pazienti. Non fidarti della prima impressione. Ascolta il tuo istinto anche quando ti dice cose che non vorresti sentire. È più facile annullare una festa di nozze che dieci anni di matrimonio. Frasi che ha ripetuto infinite volte a tante donne accorse nel suo studio in cerca di aiuto, senza mai pensare che, un giorno, sarebbero valse anche per lei. Quel giorno arriva quando suo marito, una sera, non torna a casa da un convegno nel Midwest. Tentando di rintracciarlo, Grace scopre che si è lasciato dietro il BlackBerry e, soprattutto, che da settimane non si fa vivo in ospedale. Quando, nelle stesse drammatiche ore, la madre di un compagno di scuola del figlio viene trovata morta nel suo appartamento, vittima di un'aggressione, la paura di una verità terribile si fa strada dentro Grace.
«Intrigante e bellissimo.» PUBLISHERS WEEKLY - starred review
«Un thriller straordinariamente avvincente.» VANITY FAIR
«Una trama costruita con incredibile bravura, in cui la tensione cresce lentamente fino alle sconvolgenti rivelazioni finali.» PEOPLE