Sandstone Press has acquired a new novel from Eve Makis, titled The Spice Box Letters. Director Robert Davidson bought UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, from Diana Beaumont of the Rupert Heath Literary Agency.
The Spice Box Letters is the story of a young woman’s search for her family origins through the written memories of her Armenian grandmother.
Davidson said the novel "looks back, with an unflinching eye, to the terrible events of the Armenian genocide of 1915...and its aftermath. It speaks of exile and diaspora...and chimes with other Sandstone books such as Remzije Sherifi’s Shadow Behind the Sun, Urszula Muskus’s The Long Bridge, and Linda Spalding’s The Purchase." He added that it was also "a love story".
The Spice Box Letters will be published in 2015 to mark the centenary year of the Armenian tragedy.
Sandstone will be reissuing Makis' first novel, Eat, Drink and Be Married, originally published by Black Swan, as an e-book in 2015.
Sandstone struck the deal with Beaumont following their success with her client Eve Harris' Man Booker-nominated novel, The Marrying of Chani Kaufman.