Minneapolis author’s debut novel is GMA’s book club pick for June

A Minneapolis author’s debut novel has been selected as Good Morning America’s book club pick for June.

“Ink Blood Sister Scribe,” a fantastical page-turner by Emma Törzs, was also the subject of a bidding war by publishers. It was released by William Morrow on Tuesday.

The hype and buzz are warranted, our book critic says.

“It doesn’t matter how many TBR books are lying on every surface of your house,” our book editor, Mary Ann Grossmann, wrote in her Readers and Writers column on Sunday. “You have to make room for this debut novel from Minneapolis author Emma Törzs. It has everything we want in summer reads — old houses, hidden staircases, messages (and corpses) sent through mirrors, likable characters, secrets that go back centuries, scribes who literally gave their lives to write magic into their books, and questions of how far family loyalty should go.”

ABC’s “Good Morning America” introduced the book on Tuesday during its June book club reveal.

“We’ve never done a GMA book club pick quite like this one,” said Becky Worley, a contributing correspondent for GMA.

Törzs, who describes herself as a writer, teacher and translator, described the magical read during the segment:

“Good morning, America, I’m Emma Törzs and this is ‘Ink Blood Sister Scribe,’ a novel about two estranged half sisters who were brought up to protect their family’s library of magical books,” Törzs said as she held up the hardcover. “After a decade of separation — one in Antarctica, one in Vermont — the two are brought back together after their father is mysteriously killed while reading one of his own magical volumes.

“Meanwhile, in London, a wealthy young man wonders if his life of privilege is perhaps more of a gilded cage. This is a story about family, secrets, the legacy of power, a good little dog and, of course, magic.”

You can read and listen to an excerpt at Goodmorningamerica.com.

Locally, Törzs will launch her book during an in-person event (masks required) at 6 p.m. Thursday at Moon Palace Books at 3032 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis. Get details at Moonpalacebooks.com/events.

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