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Gillian Flynn Talks with Google Play about Gone Girl

“To me, those are the dual questions that are in the book: number one, what happened to the girl; and two, what happened in this marriage, really? Who are these people, actually? How much can you know another person?”

New York Times bestselling novelist Gillian Flynn talks with Office Hours at Google Play about Gone Girl – and why marriage can sometimes be as much a mystery as murder.

And check out the reader polls, reading recommendations, and more from Gillian Flynn, created just for you while she was our RIF Guest Editor!

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Casting Nick and Amy in Gone Girl, the Movie

We love a good Book to Film, especially when the book’s author is the screenwriter of the film. This is happily the case for Gone Girl.

Gone Girl – the mega bestselling thriller by Gillian Flynn – was picked up by Reese Witherspoon’s production company, Pacific Standard, with David Fincher (Zodiac and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), in talks to direct. As with all film projects, we won’t know what’s going on until it’s really happening, but it’s fun to play the role of casting director. If we were casting Nick and Amy, we’d pick Jake Gyllenhaal and Emily Blunt. They’re gorgeous – a real “It” couple like Nick and Amy – and they both have a certain menace underneath that shiny surface.

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Enter for the Chance to Win Autographed U.K. Edition of Gone Girl

Be sure to join Gillian Flynn TODAY, Wednesday April 10th at 2 pm ET/ 11 am PT when she will be taking questions on Authors Live @ Goodreads!

If you haven’t read Gone Girl, or read anything about it, we won’t spoil you. We can tell you it ‘s the story of a marriage gone wrong – really, really wrong. And it has Gillian Flynn’s trademark sharp wit, deeply-drawn characters, and whiplash plot twists and turns. Named by many to be the best book of 2012.

This week’s giveaway is an autographed – yes, signed by Gillian Flynn! – copy of the U.K. paperback edition of Gone Girl. It’s a really cool all-black edition, dark and elegant just like the novel itself.

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Blogger Red Headed Book Child Reviews Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl

I cannot tell you how many emotions I went through while reading [Gone Girl]. Talk about psychological thriller. Holy cats!

“This is not a “wham, bam,” simple cut-and-dry case,” says Michelle, the sassy, smart reader behind the blog Red Headed Book Child. “No. It is a full-on psychological thriller you might see on a 20/20 episode. You never know who the good OR the bad guys are. You can’t stop reading though and wanting to know how the heck it’s going to end. Kudos to Gillian Flynn for creating this dare I say, ‘edge of your seat’ thriller.”

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Books: the New Celebrity Accessory?

Could books be the new celebrity accessory? Have you spotted a celeb reading – online or in “real life”? Tell us in a comment!

“I’m not impressed with those ‘Celebrities! They’re Just Like Us!’ photos,” admits Kira Walton, editor at Read It Forward. “You know the ones. Angelina Jolie pushing a shopping cart at the grocery store (Totally amazing!). Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck playing with their kids at the park (Can you believe it?!). But when I saw these photos of Sarah Jessica Parker carrying around Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, I was psyched.”

Author Essay Good for Book Clubs

“Writing is Maddening and Emotional” Says Colin Broderick

I knew in my heart that if I was going to stay sober, if I was going to be a loving dad, I would have to open the psychic suitcase I’d been dragging around with me.

“With mere words we are driven to paint the portrait of a man,” says Colin Broderick. “By placing one simple character after another we attempt to transcribe the universe. And somewhere amid the line breaks and punctuation marks that we have chosen to use we try to mold for the reader the very essence of an emotional existence. That’s That is my meager attempt at rendering a recognizable portrait of my own childhood.”

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Enter for the Chance to Win Bestselling YA Book

“The sweetspot is the crossroads itself: where craft and creativity meet,” says Clare Vanderpool, Newbery Medalist and author of the bestselling YA book Navigating Early

At the end of World War II, Jack Baker, a landlocked Kansas boy, is suddenly uprooted after his mother’s death and placed in a boy’s boarding school in Maine. There, Jack encounters Early Auden, the strangest of boys, who reads the number pi as a story and collects clippings about the sightings of a great black bear in the nearby mountains.

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Reading: The Best Commuter Pastime

My commuting buddy has never left my side. Through every highway twist and turn, through choppy waters and construction delays, my books have always kept me company.

It’s an oft-mentioned rule that you officially become a New Yorker after fifteen years and certainly a ‘power commuter’ after five. After twenty, I’ve truly fulfilled my mother’s image of a modern woman: Melanie Griffith in ‘Working Girl’ with dress pants, sneakers, perhaps a rogue shoulder pad.