According to Publisher’s Weekly, The Lace Reader, an independently published debut novel by Brunonia Barry, that received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly in early August has now received a seven-figure world English rights deal with William Morrow for that book and a second. Several publishing houses competed for the rights including Grand Central and Hyperion, with Laurie Chittenden from Endeavor succeeding in acquiring the rights. “This is the first major book deal for Endeavor’s new literary arm, and Chittenden has had some success with independently published debuts before – most recently, the #1 New York Times bestseller The Christmas Box.”
The Lace Reader focuses on a young woman who can foretell the future in patterns of lace. She returns to her hometown of Salem, Mass., for rest and relaxation that is cut short by the suspicious death of her beloved great-aunt. Excerpts from a fictional book, The Lace Reader’s Guide, written by a fictional character from the actual novel begin each chapter, and provide their own foreshadowing and insight into the novel’s plot. A projected publishing date for The Lace Reader is fall 2008 for Morrow in the U.S. and Harper in the U.K.
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