Congratulations to poetry professor Jill Alexander Essbaum, whose novel Hausfrau just sold to Random House…and then every publisher in every foreign land:
RH is now selling foreign rights to the book at the fair and, in an email to publishers about the novel, which PW obtained, Ebershoff touted the fact that the work is only the second debut novel he has acquired in recent years. Ebershoff, who edits David Mitchell and had two authors in 2013 that won Pulitzers (Adam Johnson and Fredrik Logevall), saidHausfrau was a book he “couldn’t put down.”
Summarizing the novel, Ebershoff said: “The book is about marriage, sex, fidelity, morality, and most especially it’s about self. How we create ourselves and how we lose ourselves and the sometimes disastrous choices we make to find ourselves.”
Read all about it here.