SJP FOR HOGARTH ACQUIRES THE INAUGURAL BOOK FOR SARAH JESSICA PARKER’S NEW IMPRINT—AN EXQUISITE DEBUT NOVEL BY FATIMA FARHEEN MIRZA
(New York, NY—June 26, 2017) Sarah Jessica Parker, Editorial Director of SJP for Hogarth, a new line of books within the Hogarth imprint of Penguin Random House’s Crown Publishing Group, pre-empted World English, electronic, and audio rights to the debut novel of Fatima Mirza in a joint acquisition with Becky Hardie, Deputy Publishing Director of Chatto & Windus and Hogarth UK. Ms. Parker and Ms. Hardie acquired the novel from Jin Auh of The Wylie Agency, LLC. Tentatively titled A PLACE FOR US, it will be published in 2019. Ms. Parker will be supported on this project by Lindsay Sagnette, Editorial Director of Fiction for Crown and Hogarth who will edit.
Ms. Mirza’s exquisite debut unfolds the lives of an Indian Muslim family in California, on the eve of the eldest daughter’s wedding. As Hadia’s marriage—one of love, not tradition—gathers the family back together, her parents Rafiq and Layla must come to terms with the choices that their two daughters, and their estranged son Amar, have made. Written with compassion and piercing cultural insight, A PLACE FOR US is a poignant portrait of a family caught between two cultures, and a resonant story of faith, tradition, identity, and belonging in contemporary America, from a gifted young storyteller.
Said Ms. Parker, “To be taken hostage by Fatima Mirza’s heartrending and timely story is a gutting pleasure. It allows her reader to better understand what it means to reconcile one’s love of family and culture with a desire to find one’s own path, and one’s own faith. Ms. Mirza painstakingly details the life of an Indian Muslim family in America and their children’s search to feel whole, fulfilled, and content. She captures your mind and heart with an urgency that defies you to stop reading. I guarantee you will be different when you close the book.”
Said Ms. Mirza, “I began writing this novel when I was a freshman in college, and it was my love for the characters—Layla, Rafiq, Hadia, and Amar, members of a single family—that committed me to the project. I was interested in exploring what it means when to be loyal to oneself is to betray the home you have come from, the bond between siblings as well as their betrayals, and the decisions that each character makes that determines not only their own destiny, but also the lives of their loved ones. After working on the novel for eight years, I could not be happier with the home it has found. Speaking with Sarah Jessica Parker and Lindsay Sagnette and seeing the care and enthusiasm they bring to their books has been deeply comforting. I’m confident in their vision for the novel and grateful that it will be brought into the world by SJP for Hogarth.”
Ms. Mirza is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Teaching-Writing Fellow. She has taught creative writing and fiction courses at the University of Iowa and at the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio. Awarded the Michener-Copernicus Fellowship in 2016 and The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research/Creative Achievement from The University of California, Riverside, she has also received residencies from The Marble House Project and The MacDowell Colony. She is twenty-six years old.
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About Sarah Jessica Parker: Sarah Jessica Parker is the star and executive producer of Divorce, which premiered October 9 on HBO and which has been renewed for a second season. In 2017, she was chosen by the American Library Association to serve as the Honorary Chair of Book Club Central, a new online platform or reading resources. She currently serves as a Vice-Chairman of the board of directors for the New York City Ballet. In November 2009, the Obama administration elected her to be a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Ms. Parker lives with her husband, three children, and lots of books in New York City.
About Hogarth: Drawing on its inspiration from Virginia and Leonard Woolf’s original Hogarth Press founded in 1917, Hogarth re-launched in 2012 as a partnership between Chatto & Windus in the UK and Crown in the U.S. It is a home for a new generation of literary talent, an adventurous fiction imprint with an accent on the pleasures of storytelling and a broad awareness of the world. Its authors include NBCC award-winner Anthony Marra; New York Times bestselling Dutch novelist Herman Koch; Cynthia Bond, whose novel was an Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection; Booker Prize winner Howard Jacobson; Booker International Prize winner Han Kang; Baileys Prize winner Eimear McBride; Granta’s Best Young British Novelist Jenni Fagan; Whitbread nominee and international bestseller Michel Faber; and other fresh new writers both in English and in translation, whose work promises to define contemporary fiction in the years to come. In October 2015 Hogarth launched the Hogarth Shakespeare program, to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The project sees the Bard’s plays retold by acclaimed, bestselling novelists and brought to life for a contemporary readership. Hogarth Shakespeare authors include Jeanette Winterson, Anne Tyler, Gillian Flynn, Margaret Atwood, Jo Nesbø, Edward St. Aubyn, Howard Jacobson, and Tracy Chevalier.
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