Hot Novel Rises Again
Last year, I took some heat for (over)praising "The Gargoyle," a bizarre gothic novel by Canadian writer Andrew Davidson. It's about a pornographer who's badly burned in a car accident and then nursed by a sculptor who claims they were lovers in 14th-century Germany. A few of my colleagues here thought it was pretty ripe stuff (BW editor Rachel Shea just confessed that she didn't enjoy it very much), and some reviewers at other publications said it was downright awful. (Its $1.25 million advance was considered a major blunder by Doubleday.) But the Book-of-the-Month club announced today that "The Gargoyle" is the winner of their First Fiction Award. There continues to be no accounting for taste.
-- Ron Charles
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Posted by: Maalik | April 20, 2009 6:17 PM
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