Five days after arriving on Baltimore bookstore shelves, Anne Tyler's new novel, "Saint Maybe," is selling well around the city in which it's set.
"It's very hot. People are interested," said Liz Bliss, a saleswoman at the Bookbag in the Village of Cross Keys. The book had already sold 15 copies, she said yesterday, which is very good for a hardcover.
"It's selling better than her last book did initially and it's selling better than any other fiction we've had this year except Tom Clancy," said Debora Kick, buyer for Gordon's Booksellers in Baltimore.
"Saint Maybe" is about a young man who feels responsible for the suicide of his brother and his brother's wife. After their deaths, he raises their children, finding his way with the guidance of the Evangelical Church of the Second Chance.
A number of stores said it was too soon to tell how "Saint Maybe" will do, but most are optimistic about the local author's latest effort.
"It's already on the Dalton best-seller list and a lot of people don't realize we have it yet," said Anne Tarsa, manager of B Dalton in Marley Station. "It definitely will be a hot item."
With a scheduled publication date of Sept. 10, the book was not expected to be in stores for a couple of weeks. But it was shipped last week, said Barbara Jones-Diggs, publicity manager for Knopf, the publisher, because it has a large first printing.