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THE INVENTION OF WINGS: A Novel
By Sue Monk Kidd
Fiction | Viking | January 7, 2014 | World Rights
Agent: Jennifer Rudolph Walsh/ William Morris Endeavor
Finished books available
Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth-century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. And Sarah, the Grimke’s daughter, longs to do something meaningful in the world, but is restrained by the limits imposed on women. The Invention of Wings follows these two young girls and their remarkable journey over the course of thirty-five years as they strive for lives of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies in the process. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, and the quest for freedom.
Sue Monk Kidd is the award-winning and bestselling author of the novels The Secret Life of Bees (Viking) and The Mermaid Chair (Viking). She is also the author of several acclaimed memoirs, including the New York Times bestseller Traveling with Pomegranates (Viking), written with her daughter Ann Kidd Taylor.
France (Jean-Claude Lattes)
Germany (Random House)
Israel (Kinneret Zmora)
Netherlands (House of Books)
Norway (Gyldendal Norsk)
OPTION PUBLISHERS: The Mermaid Chair and/or The Secret Life of Bees
Croatia (Mozaik Knjiga)
Czech Republic (Talpress)
Denmark (Bazar Forlag)
Finland (Bazar Forlag)
Hungary (Tericum Kiado)
Indonesia (PT TransMedia)
Japan (Sekai Bunka-sha)
Latvia (Zvasigzne ABC)
Lithuania (Alma Littera)
Portugal (ASA Editores)
Serbia + Montenegro (Laguna)
Slovenia (Mladinska Knjiga)
Spain (Ediciones B)
Sweden (Bra Bocker)
“…a conversation changer…” – Oprah Winfrey, O The Oprah Magazine
“…a textured masterpiece…” – NPR Books
“…unstoppable narrative momentum…” – The Washington Post
“Masterly.” – Chicago Tribune
“Utterly absorbing.” – Seattle Times
“… a total revelation.” – Essence Magazine
CREATIVITY: The Perfect Crime
By Philippe Petit
Nonfiction | Riverhead | May 15, 2014 | World Rights
Agent: c/o Riverhead Books
Manuscript available (includes artwork)
In the vein of The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp and The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, a new manifesto on the creative process from a master of the impossible.
France (Actes Sud)
Italy (Ponte alle Grazie)
“I enjoyed the organization of chaos, the boldness of ideas, the insanity of Philippe’s visions, the extreme discipline of planning, and the passion of the feat. It inspires to create not only on a sound concept, but also on a whim or a spark. I was thoroughly able to identify with his highs and lows and it was a great pleasure to have one so freewheeling put his methods down in a completely personal way." –Julie Taymor, director of Broadway’s The Lion King
“Philippe Petit created one of the greatest works of art of the twentieth century. He is also a most intelligent and original thinker (not to mention terrific company). How lucky we are to have him as a guide into the elusive and all-important subject of creativity." – Jonathan Safran Foer
“Like all extraordinary artists, Philippe Petit’s practice is founded in rigor, scrutiny, and dedication. What sets Philippe in a class all his own is his restless quest to conquer the greatest physical heights, achieving a precise balance of chaos and creativity. He is an inspiration to all who dare to dream of the seemingly impossible.”
– Mikhail Baryshnikov
“A book as unique, open and inspiring as one would expect from its fundamentally revolutionary creator, a true original who does not accept accepted wisdom or take no for an answer. As I read, I kept underlining and thinking of friends I wanted to share it with---actors, writers, directors, anyone really. This book could be as powerful for kids as adults; I put a copy of it on each of my kids' nightstands and recommend you do the same.”
“If life itself is a walk on a wire, suspended between birth and death, in Creativity: The Perfect Crime Philippe Petit reminds us that the humble precision of every little step can lead to greatness.” –Francesco Clemente
THE VACATIONERS: A Novel
By Emma Straub
Fiction | Riverhead | May 29, 2014 | World Rights
Agent: Jenni Ferrari-Adler/ Union Literary
From the author of Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures (Riverhead), an irresistible, deftly observed novel about the secrets, joys, and jealousies that rise to the surface over the course of an American family’s two-week stay in Mallorca.
France (Presses de la Cite)
"I would read anything Emma Straub writes. She's a natural talent and a gorgeous and witty storyteller, who makes each sentence look not only easy, but perfectly real. I came to care so deeply about every single character in this great travelogue of a novel that I found myself unable to go to sleep at night until I was certain they had all landed safely. And they will linger with me, this richly imagined family, long into the future." —Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love
“Witty, big-hearted, and packed with wisdom, The Vacationers is a breezy read that sneaks in its emotional wallops and leaves you smiling for days"—Maria Semple, bestselling author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette?
"Emma Straub's witty story of a family in crisis sequesters seven flawed but winning characters in a sunny Mallorcan villa as each grapples with the eternal question 'Where do I go from here?' Charming and absorbing, this is a novel that demands to be read in long, satisfying gulps."—Maggie Shipstead, author of Seating Arrangements
"The Vacationers is a beautifully told story that walks the tightrope of family angst and connection with hilarity and truth. Get ready for the Post family drama, where the near empty nest collides with the dreams of the new generation. Emma Straub's writing is deft, clear and wise in ways that will surprise and delight you. It's a beyond the beach read. It's Ms. Straub at her dazzling best."—Adriana Trigiani, author of The Shoemaker’s Wife
THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE:
Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
By Bessel van der Kolk
Nonfiction | Viking | August 2014 | World Rights
Agent: Brettne Bloom/ Kneerim & Williams Literary Agency
Manuscript due May 2014
Trauma is a fact of life—from large-scale tragedies like 9/11 to more individual ones like domestic violence. These experiences affect us on mental, emotional, physical, and even biological levels. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk has spent over three decades working with trauma survivors, and in The Body Keeps the Score he transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring—specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies. Based on van der Kolk’s own pioneering research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score offers proven alternatives to drugs and talk therapy—and a way to reclaim our lives.
Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. is the founder and medical director of the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts, and director of the National Complex Trauma Treatment Network. One of the world’s foremost experts on traumatic stress, Dr. van der Kolk has lectured on the subject in all fifty states and most European countries, addressing audiences of leading neuroscientists, mental health professionals, therapists, school teachers, law enforcement personnel, and policy makers.
THE BOOK OF LIFE: A Novel
By Deborah Harkness
Fiction | Viking | July 15, 2014 | World Rights
Agent: Sam Stoloff/ Frances Goldin Literary Agency
The highly anticipated finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with A Discovery of Witches, which has been licensed in 37 countries.
Netherlands (Meulenhoff Boekerij)
OPTION PUBLISHERS: Shadow of Night and/or A Discovery of Witches
Czech Republic (Euromedia)
Denmark (Lindhardt & Ringhof)
Hungary (Cartaphilus Kiado)
Norway (PAX Forlag)
Portugal (Casa das Letras)
Thailand (Nation International Edutainment)
Ukraine (Hemiro/Family Leisure)
DEAR DAUGHTER: A Novel
By Elizabeth Little
Fiction | Viking | July 31, 2014 | World Rights
Agent: Kate Garrick/ DeFiore and Company, LLC
A sensational debut thriller in the vein of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn featuring an unforgettable heroine who just might have murdered her mother.
Elizabeth Little is the author of two well-regarded nonfiction works, Biting the Wax Tadpole (Melville House) and Trip of the Tongue (Bloomsbury).
Harvill/Random House UK
Czech Republic (Euromedia)
Germany (Goldmann/Random House)
Hungary (Libri Konyvkiado)
Netherlands (A.W. Bruna)
Norway (Cappelen Damm)
“Dear Daughter has three of my favorite things in a book: a smart, damaged, unstoppable narrator with a slicing sense of humor; needle-sharp writing that brings characters and atmosphere leaping off the page; and a vivid, original plot full of satisfying twists. This is an all-nighter, and the best debut mystery I've read in a long time.” –Tana French
THE LOTUS AND THE STORM: A Novel
By Lan Cao
Fiction | Viking | August 14, 2014 | World Rights
Agent: Ellen Geiger/ Francis Goldin Literary Agency
Half a century after it began, the Vietnam War still has a hold on our national psyche. Lan Cao’s now-classic debut, Monkey Bridge (Viking), won her wide renown for “connecting . . . the opposite realities of Vietnam and America” (Isabel Allende). In her triumphant new novel, Cao transports readers back to the war, illuminating events central to twentieth-century history through the lives of one Vietnamese-American family. A truly remarkable and epic tale of love, loyalty, and war.
Lan Cao is a novelist, professor, and renowned expert in international law, trade, and economic development. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, Monkey Bridge, was the first work of fiction about the Vietnam war written by a Vietnamese-American and has become a modern classic.