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Merry Christmas! JK, y’all! We know Thanksgiving is still weeks away, so there shall be no Christmas talk from us until at least the end of the month. What better way to take your minds off the bombardment of all things Santa than with a few adaptations coming to a theater (and a Netflix) near you. These November 2019 adaptations have something for the book nerds who love a good mystery, and there is even an adaptation for the few who are already in the holiday spirit.

Motherless Brooklyn – November 1

Synopsis: In 1950’s New York, Lionel Essrog is a lonely detective with Tourette’s syndrome trying to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend. With only a few clues and his obsessive mind, Lionel must battle Gotham power brokers to honor his friend and save a woman who may be his only salvation. Motherless Brooklyn is inspired by the novel of the same name by Jonathan Lethem.

The Irishman – November 1

Synopsis: Frank Sheeran is a World War II veteran turned hustler and hitman for organized crime where he worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century and may be responsible for the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa. The Irishman is based on the memoir I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran and Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa by Charles Brandt.

Earthquake Bird – November 1

Synopsis: Lucy Fly is an expat in Tokyo haunted by a painful past who begins an intense relationship with handsome local photographer Teiji. Lucy’s imperturbable exterior starts to crack when Lily Bridges becomes entangled in the lives of Lucy and Teiji, then goes missing. Earthquake Bird is based on Susanna Jones’ debut novel The Earthquake Bird

Doctor Sleep – November 8

Synopsis: Danny Torrance is an adult, but he is still traumatized by the events he experienced as a child at the Overlook Hotel. Doctor Sleep is based on the horror novel of the same name by Stephen King that is the sequel to the iconic The Shining

Let It Snow – November 8

Synopsis: A small town is hit with a snowstorm on Christmas Eve that affects the romances, friendships, and futures of several high school seniors. Let is Snow is inspired by the short story collection Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle.

The Good Liar – November 15

Life-long con artist Roy Courtnay thinks he has landed the perfect mark in wealthy widow Betty McLeish, but Betty’s secretive past may turn what was supposed to be a cut-and-dry-swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of Roy’s life. The Good Liar is inspired by the critically acclaimed debut novel of the same name by Nicholas Searle.

Your Turn

So… are you excited about these November 2019 adaptations? Which adaptation is already on your Netflix watch list? Are you excited to see the sequel to The Shining on the big screen? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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    1. YES! Helen Mirren is excellent whenever I see her in a movie. I wasn’t too sure about The Good Liar when I first saw the preview, but learning about it being an adaptation piqued my interest. I didn’t think the Dr. Sleep trailer was too scary, but I have seen it several times in the past few months.

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