Granta Books editor Anne Meadows has acquired a “darkly funny, whip-smart” novel and a collection of short stories from Catherine Lacey, whose debut novel Nobody is Ever Missing will be published - also by Granta - this week.
Meadows acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, including Australia New Zealand, from Alba Ziegler-Bailey at the Wylie Agency.
Lacey’s debut, published on 5th February in the UK, is about a young woman who runs away from her stable life in Manhattan to New Zealand.
Her second novel, titled The End of Uncertainty, centres on Mary, a young woman suffering from chronic pain who signs up for ‘The Girlfriend Experiment’, a mysterious project masterminded by a beautiful Hollywood actor who hires a collection of women to fulfil the various functions of a relationship.
Meadows said: “Although we’ve yet to publish her debut, Catherine Lacey already feels like a key part of the Granta list. She is an unafraid, unflinching master of the vagaries of the human heart and this bold new novel is the perfect anti-love story for our emotionally straitened times. ‘The Girlfriend Experiment’ is only a swipe away, so to speak, from Tinder, from the websites that match images of your body-parts up with fetishists, from the confused millennial realisation that one person cannot be everything to you, so why not let five or six people try?”
Granta has not set a publication date for The End of Uncertainty yet.