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Will Obama give "Netherland" the presidential bump?

Nether In an interview with New York Times Magazine, PW reports, President Barack Obama says that he's tired of reading briefing books (who wouldn't be?) and is now reading Joseph O'Neill's post 9/11 novel Netherland.

Sensing an onslaught of demand for the novel, which won the PEN/Faulkner award for 2008 and has something to do with cricket - the sport, not the insect -  publisher Random House is heading back to press with a run of around 2,500 copies, according to PW. The book so far has sold around 90,000 copies. If you can wait that long, the book is due out in paperback in June.

Netherland was bypassed for the National Book Critics Circle and the National Book awards, but maybe this is a better - ie, more lucrative - endorsement in the end.


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