Monday, October 6, 2008

Controversial Novel in Stores Today

Sherry Jones's The Jewel of Medina is available in U.S. stores today. This is the book about the youngest wife of the Muslim prophet Muhammad that Random House decided not to publish due to fears of terrorist retaliation. I bet the controversy will end up being the best thing to happen to this book.

Controversy = Publicity = Sales.

4 comments:

bermudaonion said...

You're right. I saw an author interview and he said the best thing to sell a book is to have it banned.

Anna van Gelderen said...

I agree. I read part of the prologue at http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,406481,00.html and the writing is simply dreadful. All those trite similes. Sherry Jones seems a third rate writer at best who due to all the controversy may now be on her way to becoming a bestselling novelist.

rjsbooklady said...

I'm really intrigued by this book and all the buzz it's created, but I am hesitant because buzz doesn't always equal quality....I definitely felt that way about American Wife. Might have to check this one out, though, just to know what it's all about and to be able to talk to customers about it.

Jeane said...

I am sure a lot more people will search out and read this book just because of the inflamed events around it. Those protestors have just fanned the fire of curiosity and got exactly the opposites results they want!