Weekly Reader: The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti


A few years ago SARAH WEINMAN thought she was going to have a career in science, possibly of the forensic variety. But then she launched the crime and mystery fiction blog CONFESSIONS OF AN IDIOSYNCRATIC MIND as a way of procrastinating on her master’s thesis, and it literally changed her life’s path.

We can respect that.

We also respect her opinions on books across all genres, so much so that every Friday we’ve asked Weinman to recommend a new one for you to check out.

Learn more about her first pick — a macabre tale in honor of Halloween — after the jump, and let us know in the comments area what you thought if you’ve already read it.

THE GOOD THIEF by HANNAH TINTI Scruffy orphans, enigmatic relatives, talkative thieves, the threat of danger, a road trip, a quest, family ties — this book, Tinti’s debut novel, is a delightful fusion of Victorian principles and literary quality that, above all, is good fun and good reading. I’m a tad surprised it’s published as a novel for adults, because it has a similar feel and scope to M.T. ANDERSON’s THE ASTONISHING LIFE OF OCTAVIAN NOTHING, but I suspect there will be a strong crossover audience for this as well.

-Sarah Weinman