Pushkin Press has sold US rights for The Red Abbey Chronicles by Finnish author Maria Turtschaninoff to Abrams Books in a six-figure deal.
Adam Freudenheim, publisher and managing director of Pushkin, sold US rights to Susan Van Metre, senior vice president at Abrams.
Freudenheim said: “I am thrilled that Abrams have acquired North American rights to this exceptional new trilogy. We’ve already had an extraordinary pre-publication response to the first book, Maresi, from booksellers, bloggers, vloggers and YA authors, and we’re sure that readers across the Pond will be just as enthralled with Maria Turtschaninoff’s powerful work of feminist fantasy. I can’t imagine a better partner for the books than Abrams.”
The deal with Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams, includes all three books in The Red Abbey Chronicles feminist fantasy trilogy starting with Maresi, winner of the Finlandia Junior Prize, the "most prestigious" literary award in Finland and nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Nordic Council Award for Literature.
Maresi follows the story of a young teenage girl who came to the Red Abbey four years ago, in the Hunger Winter. Before then, Maresi had only heard rumours of its existence in secret folk tales. In a world where girls aren’t allowed to learn or do as they please, an island inhabited solely by women sounded like a fantasy. But now Maresi is here, and she is safe. Then one day Jai – clothes stiff with dirt, scars on her back – arrives on a ship. She has fled to the island to escape unimaginable cruelty, but the men who hurt her will stop at nothing to find her.
The chronicles are the first books by Turtschaninoff to be translated into English and the series now has sales confirmed in 13 territories (including North America) and translations into 9 other languages.
Van Metre said: “I am thrilled to be bringing this powerful and important book to a North American readership. The beautifully detailed world of the Red Abbey immediately captivated me, and Maria Turtschaninoff’s strong, true feminist vision feels absolutely necessary right now.”
Turtschaninoff said: “Placing Maresi with such a quality US publisher as Abrams is more than a dream come true - it goes beyond anything I have dared dream of. I can't wait for Maresi to find new friends overseas!"
Maresi will be published in the UK by Pushkin Press in January 2016 and in the US by Abrams in autumn 2016.