North American rights to Francesca Hornak's debut Seven Days of Us (Piatkus), along with a second, untitled novel by the author, have been snapped up in a six-figure pre-empt by Berkley. The acquisition is executive editor Amanda Bergeron's first for publisher.
Seven Days of Us is an observational family drama about a family forced to spend seven days in quarantine at Christmas together, due to one of the sisters coming into contact with a life-threatening virus.
The deal was negotiated by Kate Hibbert, rights director at Little, Brown Book Group, Hornak’s UK publisher, who hold world rights in Hornak’s first two novels. It will publish in both the UK and US in autumn 2017.
Hornak’s UK editor, associate publisher Emma Beswetherick, said: "I could not be more delighted that Amanda Bergeron will be publishing Hornak’s debut in the US. Both sharply witty and heartfelt, this one of those rare novels that should appeal to men and women of any generation, anywhere in the world. It’s like a David Nicholls novel and your favourite Richard Curtis movie rolled into one."
Seven Days of Us has also sold in Norway, Poland, Italy and Germany. The agent is Olivia Guest at Jonathan Clowes.