Bestseller Stat Shot
Last week we wrote about the surprise success of Christina Baker Kline’s Orphan Train (Morrow). It’s the author’s fifth novel, and her first bestseller, thanks to a change in format and subject matter, and a key retailer promotion. The book is at #4 on our trade paper list, with 11,608 print units sold (a 26% increase for the week)—bringing the title’s year-to-date print sales to 89,489. But where in the country is the book finding its biggest audience?
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