I was thking about ordering Gone Tomorrow the other day, so I went over to Amazon and read the review and book description there. The above sentence, however, didn't do a very good selling job. I mean, how often have you been surprised by a hairpin? And have you been surprised by one recently? I don't even know if they make hairpins now. I know my grandmother used them, but I haven't seen one in 50 years. My mother used bobby pins occasionally, but that's different thing. Or sort of different, and maybe not as surprising as a hairpin.
I like the idea of the novel "gnaw[ing] at the heart of America," but it's a little scary. Do I want to hold in my hands a book that might start gnawing at my own heart? Is a carnivorous book a good idea? I don't think so, but what do I know? My books, generally non-carnivorous as far as I can tell, don't sell nearly as well as Child's books do. Maybe the publishers are onto something. Or maybe they're just on something. I don't know.
That's pretty much all I have to say. I need to go into the other room for a while, but I'm going to be careful. I don't want to be surprised by a hairpin.