“The Good Thief” Is a Novel With the Soul of a Short Story
Hanna Tinti’s first novel The Good Thief obviously reflects her previous work with short stories, delivering stark, lyrical prose that pulls a reader into the doggedly ill-fated life of orphan, Ren.
Ren’s life makes Dickens’ David Copperfield look privileged. Missing a hand and taken in by con-artists turned gravediggers, Ren is embroiled in mysteries of his past and present, which will merge and crash together in a strange, twisting conclusion.
There’s a certain feeling of nostalgia when reading The Good Thief. It has all the elements of a YA novel—the young protagonist, unknown past, air of mysticism—but it’s somehow matured. There’s a self-awareness of its spinning plot and flights of fancy that makes it an intriguing read, a story that feels familiar but told with a new sense of style and flare.