Are our attention spans shriveling? Not in the book world, where long is the new short. Donna Tartt’s “The Goldfinch” checks in at 771 pages. Booker Prize winner “The Luminaries” by Eleanor Catton, is 834 pages long. And now “City on Fire,” the 900-page debut novel that’s sparked a publishing bidding war. Knopf just paid close to $2 million dollars for it.
The book was written by 34 year old Garth Risk Hallberg, a contributor to The New York Times Book Review.
Editors call it “off the charts in its ambition, its powers of observation, its ability to be at once intellectual and emotionally generous.” No pub date has been set, but movie rights have already been sold.
This will be a title to watch. For more book news, tune into The Book Report.