'Strong interest' at Frankfurt
Sarah Rigby, senior editor at Hutchinson, has signed The Remaking of Clara Falkenberg, a historical novel by debut writer Anika Scott. Hutchinson pre-empted world rights from Laetitia Rutherford at Watson Little, and will publish in the first half of 2020. The rights team at Cornerstone (Hutchinson's parent division at Penguin Random House) is reporting strong interest in the novel at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
The heroine of the novel was brought up to become Germany's most illustrious heiresses. Now, with the Second World War over, her past and her country are in ruins.
Rigby said: "It only took a few pages of Anika's debut before I was immersed in this emotionally charged, morally complex, incredibly personal drama. It's a historical novel that feels very current: full of nuance and compromise and conflict, with a heroine that readers will take to their hearts as she searches for a new truth in a ravaged new world."
Anika Scott lives with her husband and two daughters in Essen, Germany. She grew up in Michigan, USA, and has degrees in international politics and journalism. She worked on the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Chicago Tribune before becoming a freelance journalist in Germany. She runs an online resource about post-war German history at www.postwargermany.com.