Fitzcarraldo Editions has bought the debut short story collection from the winner of the inaugural White Review Short Story Prize, Claire-Louise Bennett.
UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Ireland, were bought from Stinging Fly Press via Peter Straus at RCW.
The collection, titled Pond, chronicles the life told by an unnamed woman living on the edge of a coastal town. Fitzcarraldo Editions has described it as “by turns darkly funny and deeply moving”. It has already been longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award.
Jacques Testard, publisher at Fitzcarraldo Editions, said: “I co-founded the White Review Short Story Prize in 2013 with my colleague Ben Eastham at the White Review to discover exciting new writers and to encourage writing that explores and expands the possibilities of the form. Claire-Louise Bennett's ambitious debut Pond does just that. I'm excited to publish such a distinctive and impressive new literary voice with Fitzcarraldo Editions.”
Bennett grew up in Wiltshire and studied literature and drama at the University of Roehampton before settling in Galway. Her short fiction and essays have been published in the Penny Dreadful, the Irish Times and the White Review, among others. She was awarded the inaugural White Review Short Story Prize in 2013 and has received bursaries from the Arts Council and Galway City Council.
Fitzcarraldo Editions will publish Pond on 7th October 2015 at a price of £12.99. As with all Fitzcarraldo Edition titles, distribution of Pond in the UK and Commonwealth will be handled by Faber Factory Plus.