Wednesday, July 17, 2013

In Case You Missed It: J.K. Rowling's New Book

back and better than ever

 image via The Telegraph

World's Coolest Mom and all around amazing human being, J.K. Rowling, has put out another book in addition to the Harry Potter series and The Casual Vacancy.  But, being the sly fox that she is, no one knew about it until recently.  This tweet first tipped me off, and on the drive back from Louisville, NPR filled me in on the rest (listen to the story here). Apparently, Rowling published the mystery under a pseudonym, Robert Galbraith.  Galbraith was getting a fair amount of praise for the work, until someone at The Sunday Times got a little suspicious—the novel was almost too good for a first time writer.  Ironically enough, someone else agreed and alerted The Times via twitter that Galbraith was in fact none other than Rowling.  After that, the twitter account mysteriously vanished.  Further inspection revealed that not only did the two share publishers and editors, but Galbraith's photo couldn't be found anywhere either.  They even brought in a linguist who noticed similarities in style, syntax and diction.  Eventually, they put two and two together when they were unable to get a hold of Galbraith for an interview.  

If you're looking for a copy, the title of the book is The Cuckoo's Calling, which debuted in April and is available on Amazon for $17.  The story chronicles the untimely death of a model and the investigation that ensues when her brother hires a veteran-turned-private investigator to find out what happened.  Rowling said she was enjoying the anonymity, but there's also speculation she might have been the anonymous tipster herself.  What do you think?  Either way, I can't wait to curl up in a blanket and read this!

image via NPR

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