Book Review — ‘The Plot’

How much trouble can you get into by stealing another writer’s idea? An author finds out the hard way in a thriller.

Jean Hanff Korelitz and her new novel / Credit: Celadon Books

An elegant writer can keep you interested in an inelegant plot. Jean Hanff Korelitz largely pulls it off in a novel that melds several genres: thriller, academic satire, roman à clef, and literary homage — in this case, to…