25 October, 2021

'Infinite Jest' Sees Sales Bump Following DFW Biography

Since the publication on August 30 of D.T. Max’s Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace (Viking), sales of Wallace’s most famous book, Infinite Jest, have steadily increased, culminating with 1,061 copies sold for the week ending September 16, the novel’s best sales week since Christmas 2011. The numbers are up 10% from the week ending September 9, when the book sold 967 copies. All figures are according to the outlets tracked by Nielsen BookScan.

The composition and reception of Infinite Jest is detailed extensively in Max’s biography, which has sold over 6,000 copies in its first three weeks of publication at BookScan stores.


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