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News Tue Jul 14 2009

Gawker Grades Joshua Ferris's Galley

Listed as one of the top anticipated books to be published, Joshua Ferris's The Unnamed gets critiqued over at Gawker's Status Galley Book Club. After judging industry hype, movie potential, the book's status symbol and first sentence, they give the book a final grade of B- saying "The book is great! But it gets downgraded for its mainstream appeal (makes it less cool to the publishing crowd), availability (having it doesn't denote much exclusivity), and the lack of a proven track record beyond his debut novel [Then We Came to the End] to please the New York Publishing Elite."

Other highly anticipated books (or "status galleys" as the term appears to be) include Richard Powers's Generosity: An Enhancement, Dave Eggers's Zeitoun and Philip Roth's The Humbling.

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