Serpent’s Tail is to bring out a novel by Karen Joy Fowler, Sister Noon, which appeared in the US in 2002 but which has never been published in the UK before.
The indie publisher had success last autumn with Fowler’s Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, which has now sold 198,626 copies through Nielsen BookScan.
Sister Noon was first published by Plume in the US. Rebecca Gray, commissioning editor for Profile Books and Serpent’s Tail, acquired UK rights from David Higham Associates. The novel is set in San Francisco in the 1890s and tells the story of Lizzie Hayes, whose dull life is about to be shaken up by a mysterious and powerful woman.
Gray said: “After the phenomenal success of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, we're all thrilled to have acquired Sister Noon. Publishing Karen Joy Fowler is such a pleasure, and though Sister Noon may be quite different to We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, its voice is unmistakably Karen's - wry, witty and full of brilliantly memorable lines.”
She added: “My ingenious colleague Flora Willis described it as like 'the dark bits of Tim Burton and the shiny bits of Wes Anderson', so I think our marketing campaign is already taking shape.”
Serpent’s Tail will publish Sister Noon in trade paperback on 14th May. The edition will include a new introduction by the author.