Kleeman's 'madly entertaining' debut to Fourth Estate

Kleeman's 'madly entertaining' debut to Fourth Estate

Fourth Estate is to publish Alexandra Kleeman's "intelligent and madly entertaining" debut novel, You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine.

Commissioning editor Anna Kelly bought UK and Commonwealth rights from Cathryn Summerhayes at William Morris Endeavour on behalf of Claudia Ballard, and publication is scheduled for January 2017.

You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine is a "missing-person mystery told from the point of view of the missing person; an American horror story that concerns sex and friendship, consumption and appetite, faith and transformation, real food and reality television; and, above all, a wholly singular vision of modern womanhood by a frightening, stunning, and often very funny voice of a new generation."

According to the publisher, the novel received "glowing reviews and accolades" when it was published by HarperCollins US in 2015, with the New York Times calling it "a powerful allegory of our civilisation’s many maladies…by one of the young wise women of our generation".

Kelly said: "Alexandra Kleeman’s gloriously deadpan sentences make her surreal vision of being alive and having a body simultaneously comic and horrific. A strange feast of pop-culture satire, dystopia and philosophical questioning, this novel is unlike anything else and I’m sure Alexandra is set to be a future star."

Foruth Estate will publishing in January 2017.