SKIPPY Welcomed

One of the titles on our Watch List for this week, Skippy Dies, arrives in the US after being a hit in Britain. It receives a warm welcome from the Washington Post, which says,

If killing your protagonist with more than 600 pages to go sounds audacious, it’s nothing compared with the literary feats Murray pulls off in this hilarious, moving and wise book. Recently named to the Man Booker Prize long list, Skippy Dies is an epic crafted around, of all things, a pack of 14-year-old boys.

It’s also received an A from Entertainment Weekly, (which only granted Franzen’s Great American Novel, Freedom an A-) and 3.5 of a possible 4 stars in the 9/13 issue of People.

Although it sounds like an unlikely premise for a movie, it is currently being adapted by Neil Jordan (The Crying Game), who is also planning to direct.

Skippy Dies: A Novel
Paul Murray
Retail Price: $28.00
Hardcover: 672 pages
Publisher: Faber & Faber – (2010-08-31)
ISBN / EAN: 0865479437 / 9780865479432

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