Can any hotly-awaited book really live up to its hype? Consider “The Night Circus,’’ a first novel by Massachusetts native Erin Morgenstern, which started generating the kind of buzz that most writers only dare dream about, months before publication. With a hefty first printing of 175,000 and rights sold in 30 countries, “The Night Circus’’ also boasts a major motion picture deal from Summit Entertainment, the same folks who gave you the “Twilight’’ series. And David Heyman, who was responsible for the eight Harry Potter movies, is expected to be the producer.
While attention this lavish might make some readers skeptical, get ready to be won over: “The Night Circus’’ largely lives up to the accolades. Startlingly inventive, haunting, and definitely strange, it’s part love story, part fable, and a knockout debut - with a back story nearly as surprising.