Robert Goolrick’s sultry debut novel, A Reliable Wife, has been burning up the paperback charts, blazing hotter than its own early-1900s sex scenes. The book, about a woman who answers a newspaper ad looking for a wife, hit No. 2 on the New York Times best-seller list in its first week. When it was published in hardcover early last year, it got solid reviews and sold a tidy 60,000 copies, but everyone — including Goolrick — is surprised by its newfound success. ”I had no sense it was going to be this big,” the author says. ”It’s a costume drama with a modern psyche. I think that may be one of the reasons it resonates with people.” He also credits word of mouth from booksellers, many of whom loved the novel. ”I’m told that the books that sell the most are crime books and romance books, and my book has fallen into both those genres,” he says. For his follow-up, Goolrick is looking to toss even more into the mix: ”It’s going to be about love, adultery, suicide, murder, child abuse, and real estate.”
Posted January 29 2010 — 12:00 AM EST
- 'Supernatural': Jensen Ackles talks season 11's female big bad
- See the Foo Fighters rock out with Blues Traveler's John Popper
- Hootie explains how he got name-checked in 'Mo Money Mo Problems'
- 9 little-known facts about Rihanna's first album
- Faith-based drama in tight race with 'Straight Outta Compton' at box office
- Liam Payne turns 22! See his most GIF-able moments
- Venice Film Festival premiere of star-studded Martin Scorsese short canceled
- 'American Horror Story: Hotel' First Look: 11 EW exclusive photos
- 17 photos of people you forgot hung out at the VMAs
- 24 Movies With Great Opening Scenes
- 'Survivor: Cambodia—Second Chance' Cast Photos Revealed!
- Where is the cast of 'Can't Hardly Wait' now?
- Darius Rucker, Paris Hilton, Nick & Pharrell and More!