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The Plot (2021)

de Jean Hanff Korelitz

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"Jean Hanff Korelitz's The Plot is a psychologically suspenseful novel 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?"--… (més)
  1. 10
    Horse Latitudes de Paul Muldoon (bluepiano)
    bluepiano: There's actually a good writer in the Korelitz household, so why not read him instead?
  2. 00
    Darling Rose Gold de Stephanie Wrobel (akblanchard)
    akblanchard: Both novels are good summer reads, full of twists and turns
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    Yellowface de R. F. Kuang (RiversideReader)
    RiversideReader: Both books are about plagiarism. The Plot is better.
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The Plot was an entertaining suspenseful view of novel writing with an absorbing story-within-a-story scheme which hiked up the suspense. I rarely care "who done it" in a mystery, but the twist was obvious as soon as her childhood was described exactly as a famous novel. Although I thought characterization was a bit weak, especially in the main characters, Anna and Jake, I still enjoyed the story, and the level of tension kept me turning pages. Also, as a native, it was fun to read about the Seattle settings. ( )
  featherbooks | May 7, 2024 |
A page-turner that folds a plot within a plot brilliantly. Actually, throw one more plot into that sentence. What an intricate writing feat she pulls off! ( )
  gonzocc | Mar 31, 2024 |
It felt slow with no indication of “the plot” initially. I’m guessing it was done intentionally as there were suddenly “plots” everywhere. I find the main character to be unconventional and pretentious…initially, then somewhat obsessed with finding the truth regarding his former student. He expended more energy and research on the story behind the story. He learned how to become a better writer as one who cared about the story versus one wanting fame and fortune from the story.

Jacob Finch Bonner dreamed of being an accomplished writer/author but lacked the dedication and ambition to follow through with the work needed to achieve a lofty goal. He travels to Ripley College in Vermont where there is a 3-week graduate study symposium. He sets out on a fact-finding mission which only serves to stir up questions of morality and plagiarism. ( )
  marquis784 | Feb 14, 2024 |
I read this very quickly, zooming through the twists and turns in the 'plot'. I understood early on the who the tormenter is, but kept reading because I couldn't believe it was that easy. Now that I've been thinking about it - I'm wondering if it's satirical in a way and the author has the last laugh. None the less, I really enjoyed it! ( )
  Suem330 | Dec 28, 2023 |
A writer, who is also teaching a writing course at a college, steals the story of one of his students, who has died, and writes a best-selling novel using that plot line. This book moved so slowly and was so uninteresting at first that I almost gave up on it. I'm glad I didn't because it picked up quite a bit, but I did figure it all out well before the end. I liked the ending, although it could have been fleshed out a lot more. ( )
  flourgirl49 | Dec 9, 2023 |
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"Jean Hanff Korelitz's The Plot is a psychologically suspenseful novel 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?"--

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