The Borough Press has signed Janice Pariat's "lyrical" new novel Everything the Light Touches, which will be published in hardback, e-book and audio in October 2022.
Editor Ore Agbaje-Williams and Rakesh Satyal, executive editor at HarperVia US, acquired world English rights, excluding the Indian subcontinent, from Maria Cardona at Pontas Literary & Film Agency. UK and US publication is scheduled for October 2022, with Rahul Soni at HarperCollins India publishing simultaneously.
Borough Press published Pariat’s novella The Nine-Chambered Heart in 2018. Her latest work explores the different ways we see things and how the world around us is constantly changing. Everything the Light Touches is told through the eyes of many travellers: Shai, a young Indian woman who journeys to northeast India; Evelyn, an Edwardian science student at Cambridge; Linnaeus, a botanist and taxonomist; and Goethe, a scientist. The publisher said: "Through their different explorations and encounters, we find that whilst at first each journey might be removed from one another, ultimately everything and everyone—in one way or another—is connected."
Agbaje-Williams commented: "To read Janice Pariat is to be completely absorbed by another world and entranced by lyrical and unforgettable writing. I’m delighted to be working with Janice again to publish Everything the Light Touches, and for readers to fall as much in love with this stunning book as I did."
Pariat added: "Everything the Light Touches has been in my head, and heart, for so long, growing from a seed of an idea in 2014 to this. Writing the book has been an immense challenge—it is my most ambitious novel yet—and I am thrilled that it has found a home in the safe, supportive hands of Ore at Borough Press, HarperCollins UK, and with Rakesh at HarperVia, USA. Borough Press also published my previous work, The Nine-Chambered Heart, and I am delighted to continue working with them on this book. I look forward to many adventures with both."
Cardona said: "Everything the Light Touches is a one-of-a-kind novel, and it fills me with immense joy to see Janice Pariat take such a giant leap forward in her writing career with such an ambitious work. And we couldn’t have found better companions to take this journey together than Rahul Soni, Ore Agbaje-Williams and Rakesh Satyal."