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“As a distinguished journalist and author of several highly successful factual books, Wright approached this just as he would any other journalistic assignment, carrying out detailed research and preparation. As he went from expert to expert he heard clear warnings that something like the coronavirus would happen. It was a question not so much of 'if' but 'when,' and crucially, many asked how prepared governments would be to cope with it . . . Is truth stranger than fiction, as the American writer Mark Twain once suggested? Now we all have a chance to judge for ourselves.” —Jonathan Marcus, BBC
“So uncannily timed that any moment now some conspiracy theorist will tweet that our real-life pandemic is a hoax dreamed up by Wright’s publicist.” —Texas Monthly
“As captivating as it is disorienting to step Alice-like into Wright’s vision of an influenza-ridden planet . . . Even taken as speculative fiction, the author approaches his subject with gravity befitting the stakes . . . Throughout, Wright keeps the various threads pulled taut—medicine, military matters, international intrigue, economics . . . There is real romance at the heart of The End of October, too, and faced with heartache triggered by the daily news, it brought tears to my eyes.” —Dan Oko, The Texas Observer
“Harrowing . . . Wright is excellent at gracefully working the science of viruses into the narrative . . . The second half is almost pure action—pure, heart-stopping action . . . This book will wake you up, and keep you awake.” —Laurie Hertzel, Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Terrific . . . A gripping ride . . . Because Wright is a researcher at heart, the attention to detail in the book—medical, microbiological, epidemiological—is more informative than the hundreds of articles published about COVID-19 for laymen.” —Patricia McCarthy, American Thinker
“The propulsive plot is counterweighted with rigorous, gracefully presented context on the history and behavior of diseases . . . Reading The End of October, though, I felt oddly soothed.” —Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic
“There have been many novels about global pandemics, but few were released while the world was sheltering from a real pandemic, and few writers capture the drama as well as Lawrence Wright.” —Brian Bandell, Criminal Element
“The submarine scenes are vividly real, unforgettable . . . The whole book is deeply convincing . . . A very effective thriller, by any measure.” —Claude Forthomme, Impakter
“A maniacal page-turner. [A] sweeping, authoritative, and genuinely intelligent thriller . . . It read[s] as if it’s been shot out of a cannon. [Wright] offers the joy of competence—his own as a writer, and the scientific and moral competence of many of the characters he’s invented . . . Everywhere there is clear writing about pestilence and science . . . Wright’s novel is here as a real if solemn entertainment, a stay against boredom and a kind of offered prayer for the best in us to rise to the surface.” —Dwight Garner, The New York Times
“This is the book you need to read this spring.” —Teresa Timmer, Bulletin Mail
“Holy crap, Lawrence Wright predicted the future . . . His medical thriller is truly a story for our times.” —Molly Odintz, Crime Reads
“Is this really a work of fiction? Or was it a prophecy?” —Jaime Dunaway, Lakewood Advocate Magazine
“[A] multifaceted thriller . . . Wright pulls few punches and imbues even walk-on characters with enough humanity that their fate will matter to readers. This timely literary page-turner shows Wright is on a par with the best writers in the genre.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Situated on the main street of the historic Delaware Riverfront town of New Hope, Pennsylvania, Farley’s Bookshop and its knowledgeable, experienced staff have endeavored to satisfy the literary tastes of the area inhabitants for over fifty years. Whether you are Bucks County born-and-bred or just stopping by to enjoy the crisp river air and delightful scenery, you will be pleasantly surprised to find the largest and most diverse collection of books-in-print in Bucks County. Farley’s may have competition, but it has few peers. We encourage you to browse our website, but please remember that getting acquainted with our online persona is no substitute for exploring the narrow passageways and teeming shelves of our storefront and discovering that perfect book nestled amongst so many others.