Liz and Gianna are two of a dying breed--traveling sales reps for book publishers--who sell books in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and the Deep South. Since we're constantly on the road hawking books, we must find ways to amuse ourselves. So here we've decided to share our anecdotes, adventures, favorite books, and efforts in making the world (or at least these few states) a more literate place to inhabit.
is a bit twisted. Twisted in a good way, like Dan Chaon is twisted. She is a
smart, original, and truly gifted writer. But my God she is twisted.
year I read an excellent biography of Patricia Highsmith. After I finished it, I
immediately bought and read (I had not up to that point read any of her
books) Strangers on a Train, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and The Price of
Salt. It is only now occurring to me after reading Flynn’s third
excellent novel that she has Highsmith talent. She is that good.
I often think
I have genre blindness. I always forget that Daniel Woodrell (Winter’s
Bone, Tomato Red) and even Kate Atkinson are mystery writers; in the same way I
never really realized that Gillian Flynn is a mystery writer. Technically they
are so good it doesn’t really matter, I guess, but I wouldn’t hesitate to put
Flynn in with this group of top tier writers (and I am including Chaon in here,
as I think he is an excellent comparison for those who like a more cerebral
Flynn has you
by page one. She does, so, you know, don’t fight it, just give in. She had me on
page one of Sharp Objects and Dark Places and she will get you too. Cancel your
weekend plans, call in sick to work, order a pizza, and read. Her books have
insanely good hooks, and much like Highsmith and Kate Atkinson, oh, the twists
and the turns. [Liz here--I like her better than Kate Atkinson.]
Gone Girl is
a literary novel, a thriller, a mystery, a book club pick that won’t disappoint
when the discussion begins, and a beach read all at the same time. And if you
want to talk "unputdownable," a completely overused made-up word in publishing; I
feel no shame in using it for this book. Not only could I not put it down, but
I was actually stressed out all the way through. I mean, it's great when a book
entertains…but don’t you really want to be stressed out over a holiday
weekend? I know I did.
The wonderfully twisted Gillian Flynn.
A wife missing. A husband whose lies catch up with him one by one as he becomes the only
suspect. A novel where nothing is what it seems. Oh, and planning a
wedding? This will give you pause.