The Girls author Lori Lansens has moved from Virago to Simon & Schuster for a new two-book deal.
Lansens published Rush Home Road, The Girls – a Richard and Judy Book Club title - and The Wife’s Tale –currently in film development –through Virago.
But AM Heath agent Bill Hamilton has negotiated UK and Commonwealth rights to two of Lansens new books in a deal with S&S publishing director of fiction Jo Dickinson.
The first novel, A Mountain Story, is narrated by Wolf Truly, who got lost on his 18th birthday with three women for five days in the mountain wilderness just outside Palm Springs. Now an adult and a father, Wolf is writing this account for his son Danny, who has just started college. Wolf realizes that he owes his son the truth, for reasons that become clear in “a shocking revelation at the end of the novel.”
Dickinson said: “Unbearably tense and gripping, The Mountain Story is an unforgettable adventure story, as well as a brilliant and moving exploration of family dynamics. The whole S&S team, in the UK and across our export territories, fell in love with this book.”
The book is slated for a UK release in 2015, at the same time as Gallery an imprint of S&S US- and Knopf Canada.