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The Good Thief

The Good Thief

Set in the wild, seamy and extremely strange America of the nineteenth century: a historical novel so richly involving and so touching that you never want it to end. Young Ren is missing his parents and a hand and doesn’t know what happened to any of them. So he is beginning to fear that he will never be claimed from his cold New England orphanage: that his dream of a family – of a life – will come to nothing. But one day a glamorous stranger arrives at the orphanage. To Ren’s astonishment, the charming Benjamin Nab says he is his brother, come to bring him home. And even when his stories grow more and more extraordinary, when he puts Ren’s life in danger again and again and sets him first to theft and then to grave-robbing, Ren cannot quite abandon hope. That one day all the hunger and danger and unwanted excitement will be worth it, that he will find a family. But whether Benjamin is to be trusted is another story…
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 22nd November 2012

Price: £7.99

ISBN-13: 9780755395224

Reviews

'A confident whirl of a read, with pathos and drama nicely juxtaposed'
<i>Guardian<i />
'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'
Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love
'Tinti has written a lightening strike of a novel - beautiful and haunting and ever so bright. She is a twenty-first-century Robert Louis Stevenson'
Junot Diaz
'Tinti is lavish with her storytelling gifts, which are prodigious'
<i>New York Times Book Review<i />
'Reminds you why you fell in love with reading in the first place'
<i>Boston Globe<i />
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. That masterpieces don't come along very often only makes it more wonderful to experience
Elizabeth Gilbert author of EAT, PRAY, LOVE
A confident whirl of a read, with pathos and drama nicely juxtaposed
Guardian
A sensitive tale, beautifully told
She Magazine
It may be too quaint to imagine there are still families reading aloud together at night (so many Web sites, so little time), but if you're out there, consider Hannah Tinti's charming first novel. Set in the dark woods of 19th-century New England, The Good Thief follows a bright, one-handed orphan through enough harrowing scrapes and turns to satisfy your inner Dickens
Washington Post
Tinti is lavish with her storytelling gifts, which are prodigious
New York Times Book Review
[A] moody, twist and assured first novel.... Tinti secures her place as one of the sharpest, slyest young American novelists
Entertainment Weekly
Much-trumpeted debut novel featuring Ren, a one-handed orphan in 19th-Century New England. When rugged stranger Benjamin Nab takes charge of the lad, claiming to be his brother, Ren is soon left wondering just where the truth lies
Mirror
A wonderful historical adventure strongly influenced by Poe, Dickens, and Patricia Highsmith. An excellent debut novel
Harper's Bazaar, Australia
A beautiful novel, a dazzling debut
Sunday Telegraph, Sydney