Just months away from publication, Cooper withdrew the finished manuscript. Hyperion is not commenting, but Cooper says he felt the publisher was looking for a different type of book:
“I set out to write about how, in the wake of a devastating and unexpected divorce, I slowly rebuilt my life by redoubling my already decades-long commitment to humanitarian relief and human rights work. In the end, it seemed to me that Hyperion hoped to push the book in a more controversial direction — something I was unwilling to do. I am exploring options with other publishers.”
While we at the Book Case hate to see anyone’s artistic vision thwarted, we also have to say: duh. Millions of Americans have already read a book about someone rebuilding their life in the wake of a devastating and unexpected divorce—it was called Eat, Pray, Love. For anyone to be as interested in Cooper’s journey, he would have to dish some dirt.
Readers, what say you?