The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair

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The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair
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First English edition cover
AuthorJoël Dicker
Original titleLa vérité sur l'affaire Harry Quebert
CountrySwitzerland
LanguageFrench
PublisherÉditions de Fallois / L’Âge d’Homme
Publication date
19 September 2012
Published in English
27 May 2014
Media typePrint (paperback)
Pages670
ISBN978-2877068161

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair is a novel by Swiss author Joël Dicker. It was published in the United States on 27 May 2014, by Penguin Books.[1] The original French version, La vérité sur l’affaire Harry Quebert, has sold more than one million copies, knocking Fifty Shades of Grey off the top of the bestseller lists in French-speaking countries.[2] Rights have been bought for translations into 32 languages. Including the translations, La vérité sur l’affaire Harry Quebert has sold more than three million copies.

Story[edit]

The novel is set in a coastal New Hampshire town (called Aurora in the original version and Somerset in the English translation). The protagonist, Marcus Goldman, is a successful young novelist who needs inspiration for his next book. Marcus heads to New Hampshire to stay with his college professor, Harry Quebert, to focus on his writing. When the body of 15-year-old Nola Kellergan is found 33 years after she went missing and Quebert is accused of her murder, Marcus works to uncover the truth. The result of his investigation becomes his next book.

Reception and honours[edit]

The book was very popular in Europe, but had middling reviews in North America, due to its use of cliches and lackluster writing style.[3]

The book has been described as a "breathtakingly plotted" story.[4][5] In late October 2012, the book won the 2012 Grand Prix du roman de l'Académie française. It was also shortlisted for the Prix Goncourt and the Prix Femina.[6] In November 2012, it was awarded the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens. For this prize, 2000 French-speaking high school students vote on their favorite novel from the year's Prix Goncourt shortlist. In summer 2013 the book knocked Dan Brown's Inferno from the top of bestseller lists all over Europe. Early readers of the English translation have described the book as "literary and clever".[7] Considered Switzerland’s answer to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,[8] and compared to the fiction of Nabokov and Roth as well as the television series Twin Peaks,[9] The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair was published in the United States by Penguin on 27 May 2014.[10] It was one of the biggest original acquisitions in the history of Penguin Books.[11]

Television adaptation[edit]

In August 2017, Epix and MGM Television announced that production for a 10-episode TV series named after the book is underway. Principal photography started in mid-August in Forestville, Canada and will move to Montreal in September to finish production in December.[12] American actor Patrick Dempsey will play Harry Quebert along with Ben Schnetzer, Damon Wayans Jr. and Virginia Madsen.[13]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Li, Shirley (5 December 2013). "Penguin Books acquires Joël Dicker's international bestseller 'The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  2. ^ Lewis, Andy (4 December 4 2013). "International Best-Seller 'The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair' Lands Big-Money U.S. Deal". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 February 2014. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ https://www.npr.org/2014/06/28/325889734/sorry-europe-quebert-affair-plot-thrills-but-prose-lacks-substance
  4. ^ Wood, Gaby (February 1, 2014). "Harry Quebert: The French thriller that has taken the world by storm". The Telegraph. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  5. ^ "The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair: No.1 in Holland". Maclehose Press Blog. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  6. ^ Farrington, Joshua (25 April 2013). "MacLehose signs 'cinematic' Joël Dicker". The Bookseller. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  7. ^ Bury, Liz. "Dan Brown-trumping French bestseller due in English next year". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  8. ^ Lewis, Andy (4 December 2013). "International Best-Seller 'The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair' Lands Big-Money U.S. Deal". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  9. ^ Wood, Gaby (February 1, 2014). "Harry Quebert: The French thriller that has taken the world by storm". The Telegraph. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  10. ^ "The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair". Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  11. ^ Li, Shirley (5 December 2013). "Penguin Books acquires Joël Dicker's international bestseller 'The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  12. ^ Demers, Maxime. "Patrick Dempsey tournera au Québec". Le Journal de Montréal. Retrieved 2017-08-22.
  13. ^ "Patrick Dempsey Sets TV Return With 'The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair' Adaptation". EW.com. 2017-08-15. Retrieved 2017-08-22.