Cape buys artist's 'feminist creation myth' memoir

Cape buys artist's 'feminist creation myth' memoir

Jonathan Cape will publish an “achingly beautiful” graphic memoir by New Yorker artist Liana Finck, described as “part magical odyssey, part feminist creation myth”.

Finck's work appears regularly in the US magazine and in her popular Instagram feed whose 135,000 followers include Mark Ronson, Alanis Morisette and Ariana Grande.

The Penguin Random House imprint's publishing director Michal Shavit acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to Passing for Human from Meredith Kaffel Simonoff at DeFiore and Company literary agency in New York. Publication is slated in September 2018.

Billed as a “melancholy and funny, personal and surreal” book, Passing for Human is “a neurological coming-of-age story” in which Finck goes in search of "her shadow", that part of her that has always felt as though she is living in exile from the world.

On a quest for self-understanding and self-acceptance, the artist seeks to answer questions such as, what parts of ourselves do we hide or ignore or chase away because they’re embarrassing or inconvenient, and at what cost?

A Jonathan Cape spokesperson said: “Part magical odyssey, part feminist creation myth, Passing for Human is most of all an extraordinary, moving meditation on what it means to be an artist and a woman.”

Shavit said: “We are thrilled to be publishing the stunning talent that is Liana Finck at Jonathan Cape.”

She described the book as a “truly astonishing memoir about love, creativity and what it is to be human” marking "the arrival of a major new voice”.