An erotic new novel is fast becoming a suburban phenomenon.
On Saturday, The New York Times mentioned Fifty Shades of Grey, currently on sale at in Montclair, in an article about the growing popularity of the novel.
Then, on Monday, Watchung Booksellers' Margot Sage-El said that ABC's Good Morning America was headed to the store to film a segment on the novel, possibly to air as early as Tuesday morning.
(Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.)
Sage-El said that the shop had sold out of the book early Saturday and so she was scrambling to find a copy for the GMA segment.
Fortunately, she found two on the "hold" shelf.
E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy, which has been labled by some as "mommy porn," has been signed up by a paperback division of Random House Inc. On Saturday, Vintage Books announced that it had acquired the three books—Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed. E-book editions will be out this week and paperbacks are expected in early April.
The novels previoiusly had been distributed by an Australia-based publisher, the Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House. The trilogy follows the romance between a young, handsome billionaire, Christian Grey, and an innocent college student, Anastasia Steele. It has sold more than 250,000 copies, and by Saturday, the first volume had reached the top spot on both Amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.
Indeed, Montclair Patch editor Shelley Emling's own book club just finished reading this erotic novel—and everyone loved it.
"It is first and foremost a romance novel with incredible character development. Why does Christian Grey do what he does and how does Anastasia Steele come to understand him and more importantly herself and her own needs?" said one Montclair fan, Christine James. "Both characters grow themselves as they grow together."
For those of you who still don't have it, a new stock of the book is expected to arrive at Watchung Booksellers by Thursday.
Check out the Times article here.