Bloomsbury wins 'heated' auction for US debut

Bloomsbury wins 'heated' auction for US debut

Bloomsbury has signed world English rights in The Sunlit Night by Rebecca Dinerstein, in a deal with Jenni Ferrari-Adler at Union Literary, beating four other publishers in a "heated" auction.

Acquiring editor Lea Beresford said: "I was immediately captivated by The Sunlit Night, and the novel unfolded deftly and elegantly from there."

Dinerstein, a 26-year-old writer based in New York, won the Frederick Mortimer Clapp Fellowship after graduating from Yale, allowing her to travel anywhere in the world to write. She went to Lofoten, an archipelago in the Norwegian sea, where part of the novel is set.

The book follows Frances, who flees New York for an Norwegian artist colony, and Yasha, a Russian immigrant who travels north attempting to carry out her father's last wish to be buried at the top of the world.

The book will be published globally in June 2015.