Pushkin Press imprint One has signed rights to a debut novel about online obsession called Sympathy.
Elena Lappin at One acquired UK & Commonwealth rights for the novel by 26-year-old British author Olivia Sudjic, from Emma Paterson at Rogers, Coleridge & White.
North American rights were pre-empted on the eve of Frankfurt Book Fair by Lauren Wein at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Set in New York City, Sudjic’s novel is the story of a young woman's obsession with a Japanese writer's online presence and the connections between them.
Lappin said: “I am truly thrilled to add this stunning first novel to our growing list of unique young voices. With depth, confidence, dark humour and great lyrical power, Sudjic taps into the very heart of how the internet has become a potentially dangerous extension of our real selves. Sympathy is an ambitious, ever surprising feast of literary brilliance.”
Wein has said: “I am still trying to figure out how she managed to capture that treacherous divide between our social media selves and who we are in real life - and reveal the ways in which it both enables and obscures our most basic human needs and impulses.”
Sympathy will be published in Autumn 2017.