Oh, is Cold Mountain “literary fiction”?

The Christian Science Monitor profiles Morgan Entrekin, head of Grove/Atlantic, a small publishing house that “scraped together $100,000 to land ‘Cold Mountain,’ a first book by an unknown named Charles Frazier.”

Entrekin, “often characterized in the ’80s as a hard-driving playboy-publisher, is said to have inspired a character in Jay McInerney’s 1984 book ‘Bright Lights, Big City.'”

He contends that “it’s easier now to sell good literary fiction in greater numbers than it ever has been.” (Via The Elegant Variation.)

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