In “the literary event of 2019”, Weidenfeld & Nicolson has landed the new novel by Téa Obreht, eight years after her debut The Tiger’s Wife (W&N) won the Orange Prize for Fiction.
The W&N editorial team acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Caspian Dennis at Abner Stein on behalf of Seth Fishman at the Gernert Company. Inland will be published in hardback, export trade paperback, e-book and audio on 13th August.
Set in the territory of Arizona towards the end of the 19th century, Inland is inspired by some of the oldest myths of the American West. To celebrate its release, W&N is also re-issuing The Tiger’s Wife on 13th June in a new mass market paperback edition, complete with a refreshed cover.
Editor Federico Andornino said: “There are no words that truly capture the essence of Téa Obreht. Her writing has been called astonishing, prodigious and the work of a genius, but she continues to defy classification. She is, quite simply, one of the very best writers working today, and we are beyond excited to be publishing Inland, the literary event of 2019.”
Inland’s synopsis explains: “Nora is an unflinching frontierswoman awaiting the return of the men in her life - her husband who has gone in search of water for the parched household, and her elder sons who have vanished after an explosive argument. Nora is biding her time with her youngest son, who is convinced that a mysterious beast is stalking the land around their home, and her husband's seventeen-year-old cousin, who communes with spirits. Lurie is a former outlaw and a man haunted by ghosts. He sees lost souls who want something from him, and he finds reprieve from their longing in an unexpected relationship that inspires a momentous expedition across the West.”
Obreht’s debut won the 2011 Orange Prize, now the Women’s Prize for Fiction, was shortlisted for the National Book Award and became an international bestseller. She was born in Belgrade in 1985 and has lived in the US since the age of 12. She currently lives in New York City and teaches at Hunter College.
She said: “I am beyond thrilled and honoured to find myself back home at Weidenfeld & Nicolson, and working once again with so many talented editors, publicists and readers whose passion gifted The Tiger’s Wife the vibrant and enduring life it has been lucky enough to lead on bookshelves all over the world.”