The Bookseller – Rights – Viking lands ‘captivating’ new Ganeshananthan novel at auction
Viking landed a ‘gripping’ novel about a young Tamil woman living through the Sri Lankan civil war by VV Ganeshananthan.
Isabel Wall, Editorial Director, acquired the UK and Commonwealth rights to night without a brother by Stephanie Cabot at Susanna Lea Associates following a two-way auction. North American rights sold to Caitlin McKenna at Random House. It will be released in 2023.
The synopsis reads, “16-year-old Sashi wants to be a doctor. But over the next decade, as a vicious civil war subsumes Sri Lanka, her dream takes her down a different path as she watches those around her, including her four beloved brothers and their best friend, getting carried away by violent political ideologies and their consequences. . She must ask herself: is it possible for someone to go through life without doing harm?
Wall said: “I was blown away by the sheer strength of night without a brother, a compelling and morally complex novel about human resilience and compassion. fans of Pachinko (Head of Zeus) will love this book. VV Ganeshananthan is an amazing writer and I’m thrilled to bring her to Viking.
Ganeshananthan added, “I couldn’t be more excited than night without a brother found its home in the UK and the Commonwealth in Viking. I am honored to work with Isabel and to join the incredible roster of Viking authors, which includes so many writers that I admire.
The beginnings of Ganeshananthan, Love marriage (W&N), was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize in 2008. Her work has been published in Grantathe New York Times and the Atlantic.