HarperCollins will publish the “thoughtful” sequel to Cecelia Ahern’s international bestseller PS, I Love You this September.
Postscript will revisit Holly Kennedy, seven years after her husband’s death, and Ahern described the novel as a “deeply emotional project”. It will be published in hardback, trade paperback, eBook and audio by HarperCollins on 19th September 2019. Grand Central Publishing will publish in the United States.
When Holly is approached by a group calling themselves the PS, I Love You Club, “her safe existence is turned on its head. Inspired by hearing about her late husband Gerry’s letters, the club wants Holly to help them with their own parting messages for their loved ones to discover after they’re gone,” the synopsis reads. “Holly is sure of one thing – no way is she being dragged back to the grief she has left behind. It’s taken seven years to reinvent herself, and she’s ready to move on with her life. But Holly comes to realise that when you love someone, there’s always one more thing to say…”
Ahern said: “Postscript is the PS to my PS and while it is a sequel, it is also a story that stands alone about living a purposeful life in the face of illness, grief and loss. I hope that new readers and PS, I Love You fans alike will embrace Holly’s new journey."
Publishing director Lynne Drew, who first acquired Ahern in 2003, said: “It was unforgettable to watch the story of Holly and Gerry capture millions of hearts on page and screen, and to see a young writer take the world by storm, and I know that this thoughtful, deeply emotional sequel will capture hearts all over again. I can’t wait for people to discover Postscript.”
Ahern’s first novel, PS, I Love You, sold 1.14 million copies, reached number one in Ireland and the UK, went on to sell in 40 territories and was picked for the inaugural Richard and Judy Book Club, as well as becoming a New York Times bestseller. It was made into a major film starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler in 2007.