Taking her time

A little post on New York Magazine’s Vulture Blog caught my eye. It seems that after 11 years after The Little Friend, Donna Tartt is coming out with a new novel this fall—which is just about the same gap as between The Little Friend and her famous debut, The Secret History.

Doubtless the anticipation for the new book, entitled The Goldfinch, will heat up when it gets closer to its October publication date. But I was tickled that even the initial Amazon listing merited attention, because it highlights one of the things I love about the book biz—that readers are willing to wait, and in Tartt’s case, to wait a loooong time.

I mean, what other media or cultural event can sustain that kind of lag time anymore? I suppose there’s a lot of excitement out there for Star Wars VII right now, but there have been a ton of other Star Wars material to keep the franchise relevant since the last movie back in 2005. On the other hand, the band My Bloody Valentine just released their third album after a 22-year wait, and while the band’s fame and influence has exponentially increased over that time, from what I can tell the reaction has been muted, at best.

What’s especially heartening about the Tartt news is that with the rise of ebooks, we’re constantly told that content is king, and that you need to produce new work continuously or else the world will pass you by. And yet, an author like Tartt can wait over a decade to publish a new novel, and it still makes headlines—and better yet, gets readers excited.

Are YOU excited for The Goldfinch? What other authors have you been waiting on for a long time now?

3 Responses to Taking her time

  1. Before I was lucky enough to be her co-writing partner in crime, I was just plain smitten by Steph Campbell’s writing as a reader, and it was through her book, *Grounding Quinn,* that I discovered Bobby Long. I loved listening to Long’s music after I read the book and imagining Quinn’s favorite songs. Now Steph and I are trying to attend a Bobby Long concert together…it’s amazing how I started out as a huge fan of the book, but now it’s become tied into my life through music and friendship!

  2. Aonghus Fallon says:

    I picked up ‘The Secret History’ by accident and then spent the week-end reading it. Even now, I’m not sure why it works so well – although I reckon the contrast between the pseuds and Bunny the Philistine was a crucial factor.

    The funny thing is that I couldn’t get into the ‘The Little Friend’ at all. I could say Southern Gothic isn’t my thing – but then, neither is the campus novel. Go Figure.

  3. Vanessa Demasi says:

    I would kill to see James Allen McPherson come out with a new collection of short stories or even a novel soon. Elbow Room is, in my humble opinion, a criminally underrated collection of short stories.

    I’m also excited to see what Jeffrey Eugenides does next. Especially since The Marriage Plot was such a mess—relative to those first two masterful works of course, but a mess all the same.

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