Exley a Hit at Cuyahoga

This just in from Cuyahoga P.L; they are planning on to ramp up their order for Brock Clarke’s Exley, based on the word of mouth from CCPL staff who have read the ARC.

Recent consumer reviews have focused on the book’s “hall of mirrors” construction, making it sound like a post-modern novel that could put off general readers, but Collection Development Manager Wendy Bartlett says that readers are taken with the 9-year-old protagonist. “People seem to like young narrators, as witnessed by the popularity of Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, and Room.” She notes, however that “a precocious narrator (as opposed to an innocent one) can be risky.” Indeed both Janet Maslin in the NYT and Wendy Smith in the Washington Post found the narrator too precocious for belief, but Cuyahoga’s readers don’t agree and love the book for being “quirky, imaginative and thought provoking.”

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Brock Clarke
Retail Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Algonquin Books – (2010-10-05)
ISBN / EAN: 1565126084 / 9781565126084

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