Jezebel Book Club: Gone Girl

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The people have spoken: we will be reading Gone Girl in July.


You have until July 18th to finish it; we'll post some reminders before then. Here are some reviews to get you revved up:

"Ice-pick-sharp… Spectacularly sneaky… Impressively cagey… Gone Girl is Ms. Flynn's dazzling breakthrough. It is wily, mercurial, subtly layered and populated by characters so well imagined that they're hard to part with - even if, as in Amy's case, they are already departed. And if you have any doubts about whether Ms. Flynn measures up to Patricia Highsmith's level of discreet malice, go back and look at the small details. Whatever you raced past on a first reading will look completely different the second time around." -Janet Maslin, New York Times

"It's simply fantastic: terrifying, darkly funny and at times moving. The minute I finished it I wanted to start it all over again. Admirers of Gillian Flynn's previous books, Sharp Objects and Dark Places, will be ecstatic over Gone Girl, her most intricately twisted and deliciously sinister story, dangerous for any reader who prefers to savor a novel as opposed to consuming it whole in one sitting…." -Associated Press, Michelle Weiner

"A great crime novel, however, is an unstable thing, entertainment and literature suspended in some undetermined solution. Take Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, the third novel by one of a trio of contemporary women writers (the others are Kate Atkinson and Tana French) who are kicking the genre into a higher gear… You couldn't say that this is a crime novel that's ultimately about a marriage, which would make it a literary novel in disguise. The crime and the marriage are inseparable. As Gone Girl works itself up into an aria of ingenious, pitch-black comedy (or comedic horror - it's a bit of both), its very outlandishness teases out a truth about all magnificent partnerships: Sometimes it's your enemy who brings out the best in you, and in such cases, you want to keep him close." -Salon

And to everyone who didn't get what they wanted: suck it up! We'll do this again next month, we swear.

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I'd be in if this wasn't a hardback. I read in 2 places; on the train, and in bed, and a US-size hardback is incompatible with that. What about an eBook? Several objections: same price as the physical book for less utility; means carrying another expensive device to get lost/broken/stolen; none of my current devices have an ePaper screen.

If next month is a paperback, I'm almost certainly in.