How to Buy a Love of Reading: A Novel

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A playful, witty, and remarkably accomplished debut novel about how reading can save your life

Asked to name her favorite book, sixteen-year-old Carley Wells answers, "Never met one I liked." Her parents are horrified and decide to commission a book to be written just for her. They will be the Medicis of Long Island and buy their daughter The Love of Reading. At first, Carley's sole interest in the project is to distract Hunter, the young bibliophile she adores. But as Hunter's behavior becomes increasingly erratic, Carley begins to understand the importance of stories-and how they are powerful enough to destroy a person. Or save her.

Tanya Egan Gibson's debut novel is an irresistible work of metafiction that dazzlingly embeds a book within the book, and boasts an unforgettably fresh narrator whose journey towards embracing literature will make you fall in love with reading all over again.

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Tanya Egan Gibson lives in Marin County, California. How to Buy a Love of Reading is her first novel.

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Brimming with literary allusions, commentary on the rich and famous, and the necessary ingredients for a successful novel, Gibson's ingenious debut succeeds on many levels."
-Booklist

"Gibson creates a literary work that is fresh, complex and compelling.... All the themes in the novel are richly drawn and universal - love, "saving" someone, the question of what reality really is, loneliness, betrayal. The conflicting themes create a palpable sense of tension as the end of the book approaches. Which will prevail - love or loneliness? Salvation or betrayal? The best thing a book can do is to make its reader think. Just as Carly is transformed as she works on "her" novel, Gibson's How To Buy a Love of Reading gives the reader equal opportunity to embark on a worthy, entertaining mental stretch."
-Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"From the opening sentence of this strongly sardonic satire, Gibson's debut, it is clear that nothing is sacred. Whether examining trendy charity functions or the muted morals of the so-very-rich, her acerbic, acidic book is right on the money. The major surprise is that the novel also has a heart, and Carley leaps off the page as the most real character....Readers fond of Claire Messaud and Marisha Pessl might want to try Gibson's bold outing."
-Library Journal

"Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the stage Tanya Egan Gibson, a fresh and funny new voice in the world of fiction."
-Mark Childress, author of Crazy in Alabama and One Mississippi

"What a page-turner! Propelled by razor-sharp wit, Gibson lovingly skewers two self- obsessed classes: the upper crust and the literary. I'd say you can buy a love of reading yourself, very easily, right now."
- Glen David Gold, author of Carter Beats the Devil and Sunnyside

"At last, a novel for those of us who love both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Emotions that rise to the level of myth, a heroine who faces a daunting challenge, a passion that surpasses self-interest or reason-they're all here, and so are ironic commentary, gorgeous prose, and an inspiring argument for the necessity of stories. Tanya Egan Gibson's remarkable debut proves her case: that stories have power, and that we cannot do without them in our ongoing struggle to excavate the secrets of the human heart."
-Leah Stewart, author of The Myth of You and Me

"How to Buy a Love of Reading is a wholly original and wonderful first novel about growing up in the strangest of worlds, and the incredible power of storytelling to make that world livable. In her lovely debut, Tanya Egan Gibson blends humor and sentiment in the most surprising of ways. The story she weaves is a joy from start to finish."
-Laura Dave, author of The Divorce Party and London is the Best City in America

"Carley Wells, the protagonist of Tanya Egan Gibson's How to Buy a Love of Reading, is at once a sympathetic antihero and a much appreciated antidote to the cultural pretensions of Long Island's aristocracy. This is satire with a heart."
-Will Allison, author of What You Have Left

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