PUBLISHERS WEEKLY ; AUGUST 25, 2014 6
; The Farm
Tom Rob Smith, read by James Langton and Suzanne Toren.
Hachette Audio, unabridged, eight CDs, 9. 5 hrs., $30, ISBN
Smith’s startlingly original new novel is told from the
perspective of Daniel, a Londoner whose parents, Chris and
Tilde, have retired to a farm in the south of Sweden. The
story begins as Daniel receives word from his father that his
mother has been hospitalized after experiencing psychotic
episodes. For months, Chris says, Tilde has been “imagining
things—terrible, terrible things.” Before Daniel can fly to Sweden to see her, his father calls again to say that Tilde has
checked out of the hospital and disappeared. Soon after, she
arrives at Daniel’s door, emaciated and in obvious distress,
claiming to have escaped from an asylum where Chris
imprisoned her. In her ensuing tale, strikingly enacted by
Toren, Tilde describes her nightmarish life on the farm, with
Chris and a neighbor plotting against her. Langton convincingly renders Daniel with the voice of an educated, thoughtful young man, unable to decide whether his mother is telling
the truth, or is delusional, as his father claims. Daniel, uncertain and perplexed, interrupts Tilde’s story with questions
that he hopes will bring out the truth. The conversation continues for much of the novel, with Toren contributing an
unnerving, emotionally charged performance, and Langton
reacting with questions that seemingly suggest an open mind
on the part of Daniel, but that carry more than a hint of disbelief. Together, they transform Smith’s brilliant prose into a
mesmerizing two-character theatrical. A Grand Central hardcover. (June)
Pick of the week
23 M.F.A. Update
In our latest survey of M.F.A. programs in the U.S., we give readers
an inside look at what goes on in creative writing workshops; we
also examine the benefits of low-residency M.F.A.s and creative writing Ph.D.s. And we talk with a faculty member at CU-Boulder’s program and a successful author about their M.F.A. experiences.
44 Big Indie Books of Fall 2014
A survey of the most anticipated titles coming this fall from small
and university presses.
53–71 PW Select
In this month’s self-publishing supplement, we help indie authors
navigate the complex social media landscape; we also look beyond
social media to general best practices for self-published authors.
72 Tavis Smiley
The television and radio host discusses his forthcoming book,
Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final
Year, and shares what King’s legacy means to him.
9 Net Pricing
Some booksellers argue that it’s time for publishers to stop printing
suggested retail prices on book covers and move to a new model.
12 The Weekly Scorecard
Unit sales of print books increased 1% in the week ended Aug. 17,
2014, compared to the similar week last year, at outlets that report
to Nielsen BookScan.
12 Saying Goodbye to the ‘Movie Guide’
Signet will release the final installment of Leornard Maltin’s well-known compendium on September 2, ending its 45-year run.
14 A Japanese Self-Help Success Story
Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying is the rare self-help book that has become successful in translation.
publishersweekly.com facebook.com/pubweekly twitter.com/Publishers Wkly
FOR ADDITIONAL NEWS, REVIEWS,
BESTSELLERS & FEATURES.