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

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THE BOOK
The Death of Vishnu by Manil Suri
1/28/01
Reviewed by Michael Gorra

PRE-REVIEW BUZZ
A boost from mentor Michael Cunningham got the math professor an agent, a New Yorker excerpt, and a $350,000 deal.

LEAST-FAVORABLE PART OF THE REVIEW
“Suri seems content … to let his characters remain comic types, depicted with a verve that doesn’t reveal their depths so much as it does their shallows.”

SALES
200,000


CAREER TRAJECTORY
Suri’s planned trilogy is taking a while: The second book, The Age of Shiva, is due next January.


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