Elena Mauli Shapiro’s spellbinding debut, 13 rue Thérèse, tells the story of a woman through the items she had left behind—items another might have thrown away. In a recent behind-the-book essay, Shapiro told us that the items her mother saved back in the early 1980s, from the estate of their upstairs neighbor who died without family, fascinated her for years until a dream led her to finally start writing about them.
Though you don’t generally see the words “new technology” and “novel” used in the same sentence, 13 rue Thérèse, out this week from Regan Arthur Books, is enhanced by the inclusion of QR (quick and ready) codes in the novel’s final pages.
We’ve been using QR codes in BookPage from time to time—to bring readers to the sign-up pages for our e-newsletters, for example. What do you think of this new technology? Does it make you more interested in picking up 13 rue Thérèse (or an issue of BookPage)? Tell us in the comments, and you’ll be entered to win a copy of the book.
ETA: Congrats to Kay, this week’s winner! Contest is now closed.