The Boy Who Fell Out of the Sky (MARCH)
Ken Dornstein’s is a most unusual memoir. It’s about his older brother David. David wanted to be a writer, and he wanted Ken to be one, too. ”He used to tell me, ‘Oh, we’ll be like the Gershwin brothers,”’ Ken recalls. ”’We’ll be one of these great creative duos.”’ Instead, when he was 25, David was killed by the terrorist bomb that blew up Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988. He left behind hundreds of thousands of his own words, in spiral notebooks, letters, and typewritten pages. Almost 20 years later, Ken has written a book that tells his own story — he fell for more than one of his brother’s girlfriends — and brings David and his work back to life. ”I saw myself as kind of a lifeboat for his writing,” Dornstein explains. In a sense, the brothers became a creative duo after all.
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Millions of Grisham fans who flock to bookstores annually for their legal-thriller fix are about to be disappointed. For only the second time since 1991 (remember A Painted House?), the former lawyer will not publish a thriller. Instead, he’s working on his first work of nonfiction — a ”true-crime story in the tradition of In Cold Blood” is all a spokesperson for Doubleday will reveal. The publisher hopes to bring out the as-yet-untitled book at some point later this year — and the genre departure will be an interesting test of Grisham’s power.
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