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The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz

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Book Summary

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?


Condition: New

Hardcover, Published May 11, 2021 by Celadon Books

ISBN: 9781250790767

1 review for The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz

  1. KC

    Initially this was not on my radar, but once I heard @celadonbooks describe the plot of The Plot in their open house I could not stop thinking about it. I loved The Undoing as well so another reason why I was so excited to read this one.

    In this book a struggling writer/writing teacher meets with a current student who presents him with a book idea that is a sure fire best seller. The writing teacher ends up using the plot for himself believing he can pass the story off on his own.

    This would have totally been a 5 star if it wasn’t for the first 100 pages. The first one hundred pages were really slow. I had heard that going in so luckily I was prepared. But the book synopsis is pretty much the first hundred pages. The last 2/3 of the book were amazing! I figured out what was going on, but I still loved it. I love when writers take risks and aren’t afraid to get dark and this one did not disappoint.

    I have heard of some people DNF this one and that makes me really sad, because if they would have stuck with this one I think they would have totally loved it. Hoping the finished version made some adjustments to the beginning.

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