Grace After Henry, the second novel from Irish author Eithne Shortall, has been acquired for US publication in a six-figure deal.
The US rights to Grace After Henry have been bought in a pre-emptive deal by Tara Singh Carlson at Putnam, an imprint of Penguin. The two-book deal was negotiated by Liz Parker at Inkwell Management in New York.
Grace After Henry is a "witty and heartfelt" story of love, loss and moving on. Grace loses her partner in a freak accident just as they’re buying their first house. She is convinced she sees Henry everywhere until he really does make his way back into her life in an unexpected manner and Grace’s world is blown wide open.
The novel will be published in the UK and Ireland in May 2018 by Corvus, an imprint of Atlantic Books. The UK deal was handled by Juliet Mahony at Lutyens & Rubinstein of behalf of Inkwell Management. Putnam will publish in the United States in early 2019.
Singh Carlson said she fell in love with Grace immediately. “Her love for Henry is so real, but so, too, is her healing, sparked by the most unusual of circumstances,” she said. “This is one of those books that really makes you think about what you would do if faced with these extraordinary events. Grace After Henry is moving, and funny, and real. I can’t wait to introduce Eithne Shortall to an American audience.”
Meanwhile Love in Row 27, Shortall's debut novel, has been optioned for a TV series by NBC Universal Studios International, the production company behind Downton Abbey.
Love in Row 27, the story of an airline attendant who distracts herself from her own life by playing cupid with her passengers, was published in the UK and Ireland in June 2017. Tthe book has already sold into nine territories, and seven languages, worldwide.
Universal Studios International is part of NBCUniversal, the American production company behind "Friends", "Seinfeld" and "Law & Order".