Another Fan of DARLING JIM

[Click above, for a sample of the audio of Darling Jim from Tantor]

EarlyWord was an early fan of Darling Jim, by Christian Moerk. It’s a perfect book for RA; you can pitch it as horror, mystery, psychological thriller, and storytelling. The Irish setting and story that unfolds via double diaries, adds extra appeal. People magazine may have put it best, “a chilling bedtime story for adults.”

More than two months after the book’s publication, today’s Washington Post gives it a rave. The fact that it’s being reviewed now is remarkable in itself, since newspapers generally run reviews around publication date. With so many books clamoring for attention at the beginning of the summer season, someone must have presented a strong case for reviewing an “older” book.

The Post‘s reviewer, Daniel Mallory, a researcher in modern literature at Oxford, say it’s a

…spellbinding new novel…Aglow with fairy-tale inflections, this hypnotic, neo-Gothic suspense story unfolds like a hothouse bloom, lush and pungent; it’s a sprig of nightshade, all petals and poison. And it heralds the arrival of an astonishingly gifted storyteller.

Most libraries have bought modest quantities. In those that own more copies (an average of 4 per branch), the copies are turning over rapidly.

Do your RA staff a favor and buy more; it’s not too late.

Darling Jim
Christian Moerk
Price: $25.00
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. – (2009-03-31)
ISBN-10: 0805089470
ISBN-13: 9780805089479

Tantor released Darling Jim in audio on 5/4 [link to sample, above], narrated by Stephen Hoye and Justine Eyre.

It is also downloadable from OverDrive.

  • 9 Audio CDs (Library Binder Pkg)    EAN: 9781400141982 $55.99
  • 1 Mp3-CD (Retail Slimline Pkg)        EAN: 9781400161980 $19.99
  • 9 Audio CDs (Retail Unikeep Pkg)    EAN: 9781400111985 $27.99

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