Boulder Book Club
for Writers

1 May 2019

The Witch Elm - Tana French

“How much is being a good person or bad person tied to luck?”

“Too much luck has a bad effect on empathy.”
- Tana French

1. Author / Publisher Intent

2. Stylistic Choices

3. Structure, Pacing

4. Climax - what changed?

5. Scene sleuthing

Why we're here

Literary Forensics

Who we are

  • Word

  • Sentence

  • Paragraph

The Witch Elm - Tana French

  • Marketing: Murder Thrillers, Suspense Thrillers, Literary Fiction
  • Marketing (UK): Literary Fiction, Fantasy, Thrillers
  • Genre: Realistic, Present-Day, Arch-Plot Long-Form
  • Word count: 220,351
  • Print Pages: 528

  • Tense: Past
  • POV: First Person: Toby

  • Publish date: October 9, 2018
  • Publisher: Viking, Penguin/Random House
  • Awards: New York Times Notable Book of 2018

  • 7 possible Plot Types:
    • Overcoming the Monster
    • Rags to Riches
    • The Quest
    • Voyage and Return
    • Comedy
    • Tragedy
    • Rebirth

  • 4 possible Story Types:
    • Milieu
    • Idea
    • Character
    • Event

Sentiment Analysis

Arch Plot Structure

Word Cloud

Next Book Club Meeting

September 2019
Newcomer - Keigo Higashino




Thanks to: Boulder Writers Alliance

Contact Gary: hello@garyalanmcbride.com
Learn more about Literary Forensics: Book Club Resources

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Warlight - Michael Ondaatje
The Lost Man - Jane Harper
The Overstory - Richard Powers

Not Yet Read: Hey, I'll get to it!

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Lost and Wanted - Nell Freudenberger
American Spy - Lauren Wilkinson
The Silk Road - Kathryn Davis
The Altruists - Andrew Ridker
Lost Children Archive - Valeria Luiselli
Bangkok Wakes to Rain - Pitchaya Sudbanthad
The Friend - Sigrid Nunez
Washington Black - Esi Edugyan
The House of Broken Angels - Luis Alberto Urrea
Milkman - Anna Burns
Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens

Beware of Tsundoku!

(n.) buying books and not reading them; letting books pile up unread on shelves or floors or nightstands

See you in
September!