More Attention for SHINING GIRLS

The Shining GrilsOur Summer Beach Read Challenge, asks whether you agree that Lauren Beukes’s The Shining Girls, (Hachette/Mulholland), is, as the NYT‘s Janet Maslin says, “a strong contender for the role of this summer’s universal beach read.”

USA Today is not so sure, saying that Beukes needs to hone her craft before, like Gillian Flynn, she achieves “universal beach read” status. This book, says reviewer Charles Finch author of six mysteries, the latest, A Death in the Small Hours, “feels as if it’s the book before The Book. It is not entirely successful in its execution, but its author is so profusely talented – capable of wit, darkness, and emotion on a single page – that a blockbuster seems inevitable. Here’s your chance to get in on the ground floor.”

The book was released today. One large library system has a holds ratio of 6:1 on modest ordering.

Meanwhile, Hollywood has given its accolade. Leonardo Dicaprio has bought the rights and may adapt it as a TV series.

If you’ve read The Shining Girls, be sure to let fellow librarians know if it’s time to order more, or if they should hold off, in the comments section of the earlier post. Opinions are fifty-fifty at this point.

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