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Picador beats seven publishers to debut
01.09.11 | Charlotte Williams
Picador has won an eight-way auction for an American debut set primarily in 1950s America, snapping up the title and one other for a six-figure sum.
Editorial director Kate Harvey acquired Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann in a two-book deal from Caroline Wood at Felicity Bryan Associates. Little, Brown in the US acquired North American rights. The debut tells of the story of a wealthy east coast family and its secrets, with the tale told from five points of view across three decades.
Harvey said: "I'm thrilled to be working with a talent as arresting as Liza's. she has tremendous novelistic flair and is a consummate storyteller. Tigers in Red Weather is a glorious, elegant and committed novel, boldly in conversation with such classics as Tender is the Night and Revolutionary Road, yet doing something entirely fresh. It spread around the company like electricity and we couldn't be more excited to be publishing it."