Heinemann buys debut novel from poet Skibsrud

Heinemann buys debut novel from poet Skibsrud

<p>William Heinemann has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights excluding Canada in The Sentimentalists by debut novelist Johanna Skibsrud.<br /><br />Publishing director Jason Arthur bought the rights through Tracy Bohan at the Wylie Agency. The novel connects the flooding of an Ontario town, the Vietnam War, a trailer in North Dakota and an unfinished boat in Maine. Napoleon Haskell is a Vietnam veteran who is nearing the end of his life as his health declines. His daughters move him to live with Henry, the father of a friend who was killed in action in Vietnam, and soon Napoleon&#39;s daughter retreats to live there too, as her own life falls apart.<br /><br />Author Skibsrud, who is also a poet, draws on her own experiences as a war veteran&#39;s daughter. The novel has been shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, with the winner to be announced on 9th November.<br /><br />It will be published in hardback by William Heinemann on 31st March 2011 at &pound;12.99. </p>