Black & White has acquired a “mesmerising and compelling” new novel by Juliet Conlin in a two-book deal.
Managing director, Campbell Brown, acquired world rights to two novels from Jenny Brown at Jenny Brown Associates. The first book, The Lives Before Us, will be published on 28th March.
The Lives Before Us is inspired by real-life testimonials, diaries, essays, and Juliet’s interviews with survivors of the Shanghai ghetto from the Second World War. The novel “follows two very different women who are forced to make the same choice – flee their homes in Berlin and Vienna or face the terror of Nazi persecution”.
The synopsis states: “Hearing that Shanghai offers refuge, they both set sail to the ‘free port’. What they find is a city of extremes – wealth, poverty, decadence and disease – and of deep political instability. When the Japanese military arrive, the two women are thrown together in a fight to survive and secure a future for the next generation.”
Conlin grew up in England and Germany, going on to get an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Durham. Her novels include The Fractured Man (Cargo) and The Uncommon Life of Alfred Warner in Six Days (Black & White).
She is currently writing the second novel in the deal, which will explore the complex history of Berlin and is set to be published in 2020.