The Blog Novel

You probably think that I only review crime novels, books about soccer, and books about blogs. That’s not entirely true: I also review novels about blogs.

I’m reading Jeremy Blachman’s Anonymous Lawyer (Holt). Blachman writes a popular blog called Anonymous Lawyer, with tales told from the point-of-view of “a fictional hiring partner at a large law firm in a major city.” The book, perhaps not suprisingly, is also written from the point-of-view of a fictional hiring partner at a law firm in a major city.

I’m a professional book reviewer, so obviously I would never judge a book before I started reading it, but I took one look at this book and prepared myself to not like it. It’s about lawyers, for one, and I would argue that the world needs another novel about lawyers as much as it needs another movie about how charming people are in small Irish towns.

Also, it’s written in the form of a blog and e-mails. The epistolary novel occupies a small but lofty niche in the annals of literature, but its progeny, the e-mail novel, died a quick and deserving death. A blog novel seemed like, well, couldn’t you just write a blog?

But then I remembered that I’m a blogger, too, and that, while I’m not a lawyer, when I was a teenager my parents often judged my oral arguments to be worthy of a courtroom. So I decided to give in and be prepared to either dislike or like Anonymous Lawyer.

It’s funny. Really funny.

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Keir Graff is the editor of Booklist Online and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix.

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