The newly-launched Scribner UK is to publish a collection of stories by Helen Ellis, the creator of the ‘American Housewife’ parody Twitter account.
Clare Hey, editorial director at Simon & Schuster UK, bought UK and Commonwealth rights to American Housewife from Sandy Hodgman of Hodgman Literary, acting on behalf of Einstein Literary Management.
Hey said: “These stories are funny, feisty, wise and wonderful. Imagine, if you will, Miranda July channelling Beyoncé by way of Lydia Davis. From advice on how to be a ‘grown-ass lady’ (tip: replace your tights every winter), to warring neighbours who communicate about their wainscoting only by increasingly irate emails, to book clubs that are much much more than they seem, these stories have a freshness and a wit that leaps off the page. I can’t wait to get them out to UK readers.”
The collection of stories was pre-empted in the States by Jenny Jackson of Knopf/Doubleday.
As well as running the anonymous ‘American Housewife’ twitter account, Ellis has had her stories printed in literary magazines such as The Rumpus, The Normal School, Hayden’s Ferry Review and Five Chapters.
Scribner UK will publish American Housewife in hardback in spring 2016.
Simon & Schuster announced it was reviving the 150 year-old Scribner imprint, which already has a strong brand in the US, at London Book Fair last month.