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Matthew Pearl’s New Book: The Last Dickens

Monday, March 16th, 2009

I just got this email from Mr. Pearl. I have read both his other books and enjoyed them, particularly The Dante Club. So I thought I would give you a heads up about his newest effort. Sounds interesting. Here’s what he had to say:

Dear friends,

My new novel THE LAST DICKENS is in bookstores everywhere tomorrow! Please consider showing the booksellers support for the book by ringing one up at your local store or online as soon as you can!

My inaugural book reading/signing is tomorrow, Tuesday (March 17), in New York City. I hope all you New York and Tristate area folks will come to hear about the book and say hello at the Barnes & Noble Greenwich Village location (396 Ave of the Americas, at 8th st) at 6:30pm. Bring friends!

THE LAST DICKENS is a literary thriller that begins when Dickens’s sudden death leaves his final novel unfinished. His young American publisher James Osgood sets out on a quest from Boston to England to discover how Dickens’s novel was going to end, unleashing a real-life puzzle that becomes a matter of life and death. Lots more at!

Events following the one in New York will be in Newton (MA), Atlanta, Miami, Iowa City, Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, Brookline (MA), and Cambridge (MA). Details included below for each event. I’ll send a reminder email to those I have listed as living in each area the day before each respective event–but I try to be sensitive to email clutter, so otherwise I’ll be updating you on my website’s news page rather than through emails. You can also become a fan at my new Facebook page,

I’m happy to report very nice early reviews: the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel says that THE LAST DICKENS is “ambitious and satisfying.” Booklist calls it “a brilliant, exciting thriller” that “aligns perfectly with” THE DANTE CLUB and THE POE SHADOW.” And the London Daily Mail declares the novel a “gripping read” that “ensures excitement.” I’m glad I can now share the book with all of you! Please forward this email to anyone you think might be interested, or any book clubs looking for a new pick.

With best wishes,




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