“If All of Rochester Read the Same Book…” 2011
The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti
Writers & Books has just ended another successful Big Read program with Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried and are now pleased to announce the book and author for our 11th annual “If All of Rochester Read the Same Book…” program: The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti.
About the book
Richly imagined, gothically spooky and replete with the ingenious storytelling ability of a born novelist, The Good Thief introduces one of the most appealing young heroes in contemporary fiction and ratifies Hannah Tinti as one of our most exciting new talents.
Twelve-year-old Ren is missing his left hand. How it was lost is a mystery that Ren has been trying to solve for his entire life, as well as who his parents are, and why he was abandoned as an infant at Saint Anthony’s Orphanage for boys. He longs for a family to call his own and is terrified of the day he will be sent alone into the world.
But then a young man named Benjamin Nab appears, claiming to be Ren’s long-lost brother, and his convincing tale of how Ren lost his hand and his parents persuades the monks at the orphanage to release the boy and to give Ren some hope. But is Benjamin really who he says he is? Journeying through a New England of whaling towns and meadowed farmlands, Ren is introduced to a vibrant world of hardscrabble adventure filled with outrageous scam artists, grave robbers and petty thieves. If he stays, Ren becomes one of them. If he goes, he’s lost once again. As Ren begins to find clues to his hidden parentage he comes to suspect that Benjamin not only holds the key to his future, but to his past as well.
The Good Thief was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, winner of the Quality Paperback Book Club New Voices Award, winner of the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize, and a recipient of the American Library Association’s Alex Award, given annually to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults ages 12 through 18. The novel was on the “Best of 2008” lists of the San Antonio Express, the Florida Sun Sentinel, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and the Washington Post. Kirkus Review selected The Good Thief for its “Best Fiction of 2008” list and the San Francisco Chronicle picked The Good Thief for its “Best 50 Fiction & Poetry of 2008″ list. In 2011, The Good Thief made the longlist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
About the author
Hannah Tinti grew up in Salem, Massachusetts, and is co-founder and editor-in-chief of One Story magazine. Her short story collection, Animal Crackers, has sold in sixteen countries and was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway award. Her first novel, The Good Thief, is published by The Dial Press and Headline. Hannah also won the 2009 PEN/Nora Magid award for her editorial work at One Story. She lives in New York City, where she teaches writing. Hannah Tinti will be in Rochester for several free appearances March 23-26, 2011 for readings and book signings, as well as a publishing workshop.
“Reminds you of why you fell in love with reading in the first place.”
~Julie Wittes Schlack, The Boston Globe