Latest e-letter from Publishers Weekly has announcement of the following deals:
Fiction by First-Time Novelists:
- Marine Captain Phil Klay’s debut story collection, “focusing on the lives of the men and women serving in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with the families on the home front” to Andrea Walker, her first acquisition for Penguin Press, for publication in 2014
- Susan Desrocher’s Bride of New France, “about the Fille du Rois, orphaned girls sent from Paris prisons and poorhouses in mid-1600s to marry French soldiers and populate the new colony,” to Norton for publication in 2013
- Dennis Lehane’s September, “in which a cold case detective with a terminal diagnosis investigates a notorious Boston murder and becomes heroic through his final act, to be followed by an October and November trilogy,” to William Morrow for publication in Summer 2012.
- Author of Layover and Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Rutgers University Lisa Zeidner’s Love Bomb, “in which a lovelorn woman takes hostages at a suburban wedding where the motley crew of guests . . . swaps darkly funny stories about courtship, marriage, stalkers and the travails of parenthood,” to Farrar, Straus
There were other deal announcements, such as Washington Post Book Editor Steven Livingston’s Little Demon in the City of Light, “about a sensational murder in Belle Epoque-era Paris by a publicity-hungry young woman and her con man partner,” but twilight is falling and the fabulous city awaits self’s further explorations.
Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.