The Good Thief

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Product Details
Price
$17.00  $15.81
Publisher
Dial Press
Publish Date
Pages
368
Dimensions
5.2 X 8.0 X 0.8 inches | 0.6 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780385337465

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About the Author
Hannah Tinti's work has appeared in magazines and anthologies, including The Best American Mystery Stories 2003. Her short-story collection, Animal Crackers, has been sold in fifteen countries, and was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway Award. She is the editor of One Story magazine.
Reviews
"Every once in a while--if you are very lucky--you come upon a novel so marvelous and enchanting and rare that you wish everyone in the world would read it, as well. The Good Thief is just such a book--a beautifully composed work of literary magic."--Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

"Darkly transporting . . . [In] The Good Thief, the reader can find plain-spoken fiction full of traditional virtues: strong plotting, pure lucidity, visceral momentum and a total absence of writerly mannerisms. In Ms. Tinti's case that means an American Dickensian tale with touches of Harry Potterish whimsy, along with a macabre streak of spooky New England history."--New York Times

"Tinti, like John Barth with his postmodern picturesque classic, The Sot-Weed Factor, has created one of the freshest, most beguiling narratives this side of Oliver Twist."--O: The Oprah Magazine

"Hannah Tinti has written a lightning strike of a novel--beautiful and haunting and ever so bright. She is a 21st century Robert Louis Stevenson, an adventuress who lays bare her character's hearts with a precision and a fearlessness that will leave you shaken."--Junot Díaz

"The Good Thief's characters are weird and wonderful. . . . [It] has all the makings of a classic--a hero, a villain and a rollicking good tale set in 19th century New England about a good boy who gets mixed up with a lot of bad men. . . . All of that, along with its humor, ingenuity and fast pace, make The Good Thief compelling."--San Francisco Chronicle

"Ren lives every child's fantasy, to leave a mundane life for an adventure in which he discovers who he was supposed to be and who he could yet become. . . . [His] mischievous ways earned the character comparisons to Huck Finn and Oliver Twist. And the plot, which winds its way through a mousetrap factory and the memory of a family tragedy, certainly give him a literary playground in which to frolic."--Associated Press

"The key to Tinti's success with this novel is the constant tension between tenderness and peril, a tension that she ratchets up until the final pages. . . . [With] enough harrowing scrapes and turns to satisfy your inner Dickens."--Washington Post Book World

"Difficult to put down . . . A cavalcade of chase scenes, suspenseful moments and revelations."--Seattle Times

"The kind of story that might have kept you reading all day when you were home sick from school. . . . Writing for adults while keeping to a child's perspective isn't easy, and Tinti makes it look effortless."--The New York Times Book Review

"Tinti secures her place as one of the sharpest, slyest young American novelists."--Entertainment Weekly

"[A] striking debut novel . . . Unfolds like a Robert Louis Stevenson tale retold amid the hardscrabble squalor of Colonial New England. The sheer strangeness of the story is beguiling. . . . Good fun."--The New Yorker