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Early in Jean Hanff Korelitz’s The Plot, protagonist Jacob Finch Bonner encounters a student in his writing class who claims he has a can’t-miss story. The student was right—sort of. Upon learning of the student’s death—and determining that the book was never written—Jacob, um, appropriates the plot. What could be the harm of using an idea that never became a book? And after all who owns a plot, anyway? But then the book becomes a runaway bestseller and the person to whom the story belongs is not happy…



Photo of Jean Hanff Korelitz ©Michael Avedon




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