There's starting to be a bit of conversation on Twitter about the book. At another session at Digital Book 2013 Josh Schanker of BookBub presented data showing that it takes about two weeks for a book price promotion to have an effect on buzz or sales. Four Corners is a pretty long book, so it's likely that any effect of offering it in librararies is just now starting.
One thing I saw on Twitter was a report that the Wizard of Oz was Malone's "inspiration" for Four Corners. The allusions are pretty thick, so now I need to list them so I can start enjoying the book again.
- Annie lives with aunt and uncle; her parents are missing.
- Annie leaves home in a twister. My mind was more in the Tempest
- Annie's Toto-ish little dog jumps into the plane with her
- Emerald (City)
- When she gets to Miami, she's the only black and white thing in a suddenly colorful world
- rubies and gold
- Jack and the wizard are con men