Marilynne Robinson is to return with a new book in autumn next year, based on the same world as her previous novels Gilead and Home.
Little, Brown’s Virago imprint has signed UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) to Robinson’s new title, Lila, which is based on the same fictional world as the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Gilead, published in 2005, and Orange Prize-winner Home, published in 2009. Lila is the wife of character John Ames, and Robinson’s new novel will tell her story.
Robinson has also won the PEN/Hemingway Award for best first novel with her 1981 title Housekeeping.
Publisher Lennie Goodings, who acquired rights from Claire Roberts at Trident Media Group on behalf of Ellen Levine, said: “What a wonderful treat and surprise. I am simply amazed to realise that this character has lived quietly, almost unobtrusively, in the other two novels and yet has such a huge and full story to tell.”
Lila will be published by Farrar Straus in the US and by HarperCollins in Canada in autumn 2014.