“I would say the biggest theme in the book is the idea that the things that we worry over the most in life, the things that we feel trapped by, the mistakes we’ve made, the bad luck that we come across, the accidents that happen to us, the paradoxes — in the end, oftentimes those things are the things that we’ll look back and be the most grateful for,” Ms. Bezos stated of the novel throughout an interview with Charlie Rose. “They take us where we need to go.”
Throughout their marriage, Mr. Bezos was an enthusiastic supporter of Ms. Bezos’s fiction, and would clear his schedule to learn drafts of her novels, Ms. Bezos informed Vogue. In the acknowledgments of “Traps,” she referred to as him “my most devoted reader.”
But Ms. Bezos’s literary profession could have been sophisticated to some extent by her excessive-profile husband, who has accomplished greater than maybe any particular person in latest historical past to remodel and generally destabilize the guide-promoting enterprise. Many unbiased booksellers, publishers and brokers blame Amazon for constructing a monopoly that has put unbiased shops out of enterprise and poses a dire menace to as soon as thriving chains like Barnes & Noble.
Even although Amazon splashily launched its personal publishing imprints, Ms. Bezos nonetheless selected conventional homes for her books: Harper and Knopf. (When requested by an interviewer why Ms. Bezos wasn’t publishing her books by means of Amazon’s fiction imprints, Mr. Bezos jokingly described his spouse as “the fish that got away.”)
Sales of her books have been modest: The novels have offered a couple of thousand print copies, in line with NPD BookScan, which tracks some 85 p.c of print gross sales. Some unbiased booksellers refused to inventory Ms. Bezos’s novels, in line with a publishing government who spoke on the situation of anonymity. Ms. Urban, Ms. Bezos’s literary agent, declined to remark for this text.
The Bezoses have been the richest couple on this planet; their divorce exists at a degree of wealth that’s just about unprecedented. There have been billion-greenback divorces, like that of Steve and Elaine Wynn who owned casinos collectively, and definitely, know-how entrepreneurs have been out and in of divorce court docket — most notably Larry Ellison, a co-founding father of Oracle who has been wed and unwed 4 occasions.