Freight Books is to publish Elizabeth Reeder's third novel, Those We Buried, in Spring 2018.
Adrian Searle, publisher of Freight Books, acquired world rights to the title from Laura Macdougall at Tibor Jones & Associates.
Those We Buried is set in a Chicago, whose history is defined by fire. When 12 people die in an impossible blaze, the city is shaken by the mystery and demands answers. Unable to uncover the cause, chief fire investigator Rebecca Krostat loses her job and her reputation.
Soon after, Rebecca lies dying in a borrowed house, surrounded by the debris of the investigation that shattered her understanding of the world and her place in it. When her estranged sister arrives to find Rebecca close to death, she turns to her collection of notebooks, folders and photographs to try and solve the case that ruined Rebecca’s life.
Those We Buried asks what happens when others are left to tell our stories: how do they remember, and what do they forget? What is created from a complex mixture of love, hate, hope and triumph?
Searle said: "We’re absolutely delighted to be publishing Elizabeth Reeder’s Those We Buried, a complex, beautiful novel soaked in empathy. Ever since we published Elizabeth’s debut, Ramshackle, we’ve recognised her talent and this unforgettable book will rightfully bring her to the attention of a host of new fans."
Reeder said: "Freight is a great home for Those We Buried. It was such a strong partnership for my first novel, Ramshackle, and I’m pleased to once again be working with Freight’s talented team."
Reeder is a Chicago native now living in Scotland. Her first novel, Ramshackle, was shortlisted for the Saltire Scottish First Book of the Year Award 2012 and longlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award 2013. She has also been published in anthologies and journals, and had her writing broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Reeder is a lecturer for the University of Glasgow’s Creative Writing programme.