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Can You Tell a Lot About Debut Novelists From Their Times Book Review Covers?

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THE BOOK
Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
4/14/02
Reviewed by Francine Prose

PRE-REVIEW BUZZ
Half-million-dollar advance, excerpt in The New Yorker, already optioned by Liev Schreiber—and Foer had just turned 25.

LEAST-FAVORABLE PART OF THE REVIEW
“Big chunks of the book start to crumble in the last 50 pages or so. The Trachimbrod novel spins out into the ozone.”

SALES
500,000


CAREER TRAJECTORY
His 9/11 novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, polarized critics with its postmodern pyrotechnics but still sold 200,000 copies.


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