Picador has snapped-up the “remarkable” debut novel by American writer Alan Rossi on the psychological impact of sudden loss.
Associate publisher Ravi Mirchandani and assistant editor Gillian Fitzgerald-Kelly acquired world rights to Mountain Road, Late at Night from Seren Adams at United Agents. It will be published in February 2020.
The book centres on the impact of a tragic accident that sees Nicholas and wife April die as they drive home from a party. Its synopsis explains: “Mountain Road, Late at Night is a nuanced and brilliantly imagined psychological investigation of how we respond to sudden loss, the terrifying fact that life carries on regardless and the particular tragedy of parents pre-deceased by their offspring. But it is also an insightful and moving examination of how our attitudes to children and how they should be raised are powerfully influenced by our own upbringing, whether for better or for worse. The result is a gripping, affecting and extremely accomplished debut. “
Mirchandani said: “Alan Rossi’s ability to get inside the heads of all four of his very different characters is quite remarkable, as is his novel’s combination of page-turning tension and psychological insight. I am delighted that we will be publishing his wonderful and moving novel at Picador.”
Rossi’s short fiction has appeared in Granta and the Atlantic, among others, while his novella Did You Really Just Say That To Me? won the New England Review Award for Emerging Writers.
Adams said: “Alan Rossi is a remarkable writer and Mountain Road, Late at Night is ambitious, philosophical, and incredibly moving. I can’t wait for readers to discover the story of these characters, and particularly its devastating final chapter.”