New Green re­lease

Au­thor to pub­lish his first book since mega hit The Fault In Our Stars.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Reads - By LIBBY HILL

IT’S been more than five years in the mak­ing, but John Green’s fol­low-up to his beloved 2012 young adult novel, The Fault In Our Stars, is fi­nally be­com­ing a re­al­ity.

Pen­guin Young Read­ers an­nounced the up­com­ing re­lease of Tur­tles All the Way Down, Green’s new novel, sched­uled for pub­li­ca­tion on Oct 10.

Famed for his nu­anced and em­pa­thetic de­pic­tions of teenagers, Green’s lat­est work cen­tres on Aza Holmes, a young woman look­ing to solve the mys­te­ri­ous dis­ap­pear­ance of a fugi­tive bil­lion­aire while also strug­gling with her own men­tal ill­ness.

“I’ve been work­ing on Tur­tles All The Way Down for years, and I’m so ex­cited to share it with read­ers this Oc­to­ber,” Green said via his pub­lisher’s press re­lease. “This is my first at­tempt to write di­rectly about the kind of men­tal ill­ness that has af­fected my life since child­hood, so while the story is fic­tional, it is also quite per­sonal.”

In the years since the block­buster suc­cess of Stars and the en­su­ing hia­tus from pub­li­ca­tion, Green has been trans­par­ent about his strug­gle with men­tal ill­ness and the pres­sure of fol­low­ing up on a global phe­nom­e­non.

“I’ve known that I have this men­tal ill­ness for a long time, and I’ve had a lot of ther­apy and learned a lot of strate­gies for deal­ing with my ill­ness,” Green ad­mit­ted in Au­gust 2015, while par­tic­i­pat­ing in a “Ask Me Any­thing” thread on so­cial news ag­gre­ga­tor site Red­dit.com.

The au­thor suf­fers from ob­ses­sive com­pul­sive dis­or­der as well as anx­i­ety, and he shared with read­ers that press tours were par­tic­u­larly stress­ful for him.

On his Vlog Broth­ers YouTube chan­nel, where Green cre­ates con­tent with his brother Hank, he shared a video in Septem­ber de­tail­ing his strug­gle writ­ing after the suc­cess of Stars.

“I was elated and grate­ful that Fault In Our Stars was reach­ing so many read­ers,” Green said in the video, “but at the same time, I was ter­ri­fied be­cause I felt like I could never fol­low it up.”

Even be­fore Stars, Green was al­ready a highly ac­com­plished young adult nov­el­ist, win­ning the genre’s top award, the Printz, for his de­but, Look­ing For Alaska (2005). A reg­u­lar best­seller, his other books in­clude An Abun­dance Of Kather­ines (2006), Pa­per Towns (2008), and, with David Le­vithan, Will Grayson, Will Grayson (2010).

Since the pub­li­ca­tion of Stars, Green has seen two books – Stars it­self and Pa­per Towns – adapted into fea­ture films.

In 2014, he was awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize In­no­va­tor’s Award and named one of Time mag­a­zine’s 100 most in­flu­en­tial people in the world.

“As with all of John’s work, Tur­tles All The Way Down is both a sin­gu­larly per­sonal read and a cat­a­lyst for con­ver­sa­tion and com­mu­nity,” Julie Strauss-Ga­bel, pres­i­dent and pub­lisher of Dut­ton Books for Young Read­ers (an im­print of Pen­guin) said in the state­ment.

“It is with tremen­dous pride and great ex­cite­ment that his long­time Pen­guin fam­ily can fi­nally shout this news to the world.”

Tur­tles All The Way Down will have a first print run of 1.5 mil­lion copies. – Tri­bune News Ser­vice

— AP

Green’s new book will ad­dress the kind of men­tal ill­ness that has af­fected his own life since child­hood.

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