September Book Club – Night Film (and a giveaway!)


Summer isn’t over yet, but we are so excited about our latest book club choice that we couldn’t wait to fill you all in! As you may have seen in our current issue of Martha Stewart Living, our next addition to the book club line up is Marisha Pessl’s new novel, Night Film.

The book just came out two days ago, and we are already digging in! From the publisher:

On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova—a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years.
For McGrath, another death connected to this seemingly cursed family dynasty seems more than just a coincidence. Though much has been written about Cordova’s dark and unsettling films, very little is known about the man himself.
Driven by revenge, curiosity, and a need for the truth, McGrath, with the aid of two strangers, is drawn deeper and deeper into Cordova’s eerie, hypnotic world.
The last time he got close to exposing the director, McGrath lost his marriage and his career. This time he might lose even more.

If you haven’t had a chance to pick up a copy yet, you’re in luck! Ms. Pessl was so kind and sent us an autographed copy to give away to one lucky blog reader. To enter, comment below and let us know that you’d like to join along! Comment boards will be open between now and September 15th. See official rules here.

Check back in as we read along for discussion questions and our preliminary thoughts, and find out who won a copy of our September select!

Paulie Dibner is the Assistant Managing Editor for Martha Stewart Living. She has perfected her oatmeal chocolate chip cookie, but is on the hunt for a puff pastry recipe to knock her socks off. Follow her on Instagram @matinauxsaules.


Comments (64)

  • Definitely would love to join this month’s book club (and win a copy of the book!).

  • Jessie Nabors 235 E. 7th St. Apt # 405 Jasper, TN 37347, 423-305-5961,

    This is my first blog, I hope I did it right.

  • I would love to participate in the September book club. “Night Film” sounds very intriguing so I have placed it on my must read list.

    Thank you in advance for considering my entry for receiving the book giveaway copy.

    Best Regards,
    Beverly Miller

  • I’d love to win this! Looks like a fantastic read!

  • Reading is one of my hobbies since I was in elementary school. I try to do some reading every night despite of my busy life. My favorite genres ranging from mysteries, detectives, horror to historical fiction, but I am open to read any GOOD book!

    I am so intrigued by just reading Marisha
    Pessl’s “Night Film” preview! Although this is the first time I came to know about Ms Pessl and her book, I have already fell in love with her novel! I am adding Ms Pessl to the list of my favorite authors which I have already collected over the years. It would definitely make my reading more enjoyable!!

  • Sounds like an awesome book club choice. Can’t wait to read it.

  • I’d love to receive a copy of this book.

  • I have read great reviews about this book. Would love to win it.

  • I’d love to join the book club and am crossing my fingers on winning a copy of this book! Thank you!

  • I’d love to join the club. And winning a copy of the book would be icing on the cake! Thanks for the chance.

  • would love to join! this looks like a great pick.

  • This looks engrossing! I’d love to join!

  • I am an avid reader and have heard so much buzz about “Night Film.” I’d love to join and read the book. Thanks!

  • Loved Special Topics in Calamity Physics, so I’m sure this one will be great, too.

  • I would love to follow along. I have wish-listed this book but haven’t pulled the trigger on buying it yet. Would love to win such a special copy!

  • I am so looking for a really good book to read! The story sounds interesting.

  • I would love to join along in this! Marisha Pessl is incredibly talented

  • I would love to read along with the book club this month.

  • This sounds like a great selection. Count me in. Would love to win the autographed copy.

  • I would love to win a copy of this book and be part of the discussion group. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Count me in! I’d love to win a copy!

  • Look forward to reading and sharing this book. Winner please!

  • Thanks for the chance to win!

  • This sounds like a good read, I’m always looking for my next one.

  • I liked Special Topics in Calamity Physics, and would love to participate in a Night Film book club (and win a copy of the book).

  • WOW! What a great give-a-way! I love reading and am always looking for new authors and types to read. This would be great to win.

  • Yes, I would like to be included in the book club sweepstakes.

  • sounds great–would love a copy

  • Would love to join in on this book. Sounds a most interesting read.

  • I would love to read this!

  • It’s on my GoodReads list. I would love a copy!

  • WOuld love to win a copy of the book

  • I loved Special Topics, can’t wait to read Night Film! Would love to win :)

  • Would love to win -

  • I need a good book to read!

  • I would love to join the club, and free books are the best! Reading all the time, can’t wait to begin Night Film.

  • I would love to win!

  • Sign me up! Can’t wait to read.

  • Would love to win this!

  • I’d love to read this!

  • would love to join and win!

  • I would enjoy joining the book club and win the autographed copy of the book. Thank you.

  • I look forward to reading this one! Thanks for posting about the book club.

  • I love reading and this book sounds great… Can’t wait to win a copy or download to my Kindle!

  • Recieving this book would be a wonderful opportunity to read with Martha’s Book Club.

  • Receiving this book would be a wonderful opportunity to read with Martha’s Book Club.

  • The book sounds great and I would love to read it.

  • I would love to win! Since I am pregnant I can’t sleep at night and a good book would be perfect.

  • Night Flim sounds like a great read! Pick me!!

  • Looking forward to reading it! Sounds like fun!

  • I would love to join along.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  • Would be delighted to join this Book Club and Win “Night Film”

    Thank You Martha!!!

  • Night Film looks like an interesting read. It would be fun to share in a book group!

  • Really looking forward to reading this! Very impressed with all that M. Pessl has done to create a whole mythos around this book.

  • I was lucky enough to read an advanced copy of this book and it is my pick for the best of the year. I would love to discuss it (and win a signed copy from one of the best writers in the business)!

  • Excellent choice for book club!

  • Special Topics is one of my favorite novels and I have been waiting for this new book anxiously. I love the additional online elements that lead you in, out and through the novel.

  • Would love a signed copy, please :)

  • I would love a signed copy! If Ms. Pessl was having an event closer to where I live I would totally attend!!!

  • I love her first book, and would love a signed copy! Especially because I live too far from any kind of book tour event.

  • Would love to win a copy – and definitely adding to my to-read list.

  • If I win this book, of course I’d join the discussion. I’d also review the book.

  • Since Martha’s daughter no longer blogs about books…I am glad to find the book club and get a chance to win the book!

  • would love to win!

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