Dodo Ink has bought a literary erotic novella by Monique Roffey about a married couple whose relationship is going stale until they meet a mysterious femme fatale.
UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, were acquired from Isobel Dixon at Blake Friedmann.
In The Tryst, Bill and Jane’s marriage has grown stale. Then, on the night of the summer solstice they encounter Lila, who has a mesmerising effect on the men and both fascinates and horrifies Jane. When Jane impulsively invites Lila home with them, a startling chain of events begins that unleashes raw and powerful forces which will change all of their lives for ever.
Sam Mills, editor at Dodo Ink, said: “The Tryst is a raw, powerful and provocative read. It is a very sexy book, but it is light years away from Fifty Shades. This is a novel which works on many levels – it is an intelligent dissection of a relationship in crisis, an eerie fable with hints of Angela Carter, and a thought-provoking exploration of sexuality on a par with Anaïs Nin.”
Thom Cuell, Dodo Ink m.d., added: “We are very proud to be working with Monique and look forward to sharing her book with readers in early 2017.”
Roffey’s most recent novel House of Ashes was shortlisted for the Costa and the BOCAS Prize, while her 2012 novel Archipelago both Scribner) won the OCM BOCAS prize for Caribbean Literature. She was also shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Encore Prize for her second novel, The White Woman On the Green Bicycle.
Dodo Ink is a newly established indie press dedicated to publishing daring and difficult fiction set up by novelist Sam Mills, book reviewer Thom Cuell and marketing expert Alex Spears. It will launch its first list in summer 2016.