Friday, April 28, 2006

Kaavya Viswanathan's novel pulled from the market - permanently?

Wow, there sure has been a lot of commotion over Kaavya Viswanathan's book! Yesterday, the publisher pulled How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life from the shelves. Today, NPR's story on Opal makes it sound like this might be permanent. I really should have gone out right away yesterday (or sooner!) and bought the book, because now my book collector's nose is twitching. I read somewhere that only 55,000 copies of the full 100,000 had been shipped - that's a pretty small first edition, by modern standards. If the book comes out again in a revised edition, those "unedited" first editions will likely be worth quite a bit someday; if the book doesn't come out again at all, it's sure to be. Plagiarism or no, I'll be trying to find myself a copy of that book while I still can...

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