William Heinemann has bought two books by New York Times bestselling novelist Lauren Groff.
Publisher Jason Arthur acquired UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) in short story collection Florida and an untitled novel by Groff from Bill Clegg at the Clegg Agency.
Groff moved to Florida over 10 years ago and the short story collection is described as an “electrifying, expanding read” by the publisher spanning characters, towns, decades, even centuries in Florida, while its landscape, climate, history and state of mind “becomes its gravitational centre”.
Arthur said: “The stories contained in Florida are magnificent – some of the finest writing I’ve read in the decade since I acquired Lauren’s debut novel The Monsters of Templeton. I was really blown away by Florida, and read it in one swift gulp. It’s not often the case that a writer gets better with every single book, but that is undoubtedly the case with Lauren.”
The book will be published in the UK in summer 2018 and the as-yet untitled novel will be published in 2019.