Publishers Weekly – September 23, 2019 – Mercury Boys by Chandra Prasad
Daniel Ehrenhaft at Soho Teen has bought Mercury Boys by Chandra Prasad. Pitched as a little bit Heathers, a little bit Miss Peregrine, the YA thriller follows a secret society of girls who discover that when they handle liquid mercury, they are able to visit long-dead people who appear in daguerreotypes. Publication is planned for spring 2021; Marly Rusoff at the Rusoff Agency negotiated the deal for world English rights.
Publishers Market Place – July 16, 2019 – Dancing in the Mosque by Homeira Qaderi
Homeira Qaderi’s DANCING IN THE MOSQUE a memoir of growing up in Afghanistan and becoming a writer and social and women’s rights activist and one of the young teachers featured in Christina Lamb’s bestseller The Sewing Circles of Herat that offers a moving personal account of her life as a young woman coming of age in war torn Afghanistan, and as a young wife and mother written in the form of a letter to the infant son taken away from her, to to Sara Nelson of Harper Collins in a six figure deal by agent Marly Rusoff at Marly Rusoff & Associates. (World English and audio)
Publishers Marketplace – January 7, 2019 – THE LAST TRAIN TO LONDON by Meg Waite Clayton
Fiction – General Other – Meg Waite Clayton’s The Last Train to London—pitched as a novel for readers of The Nightingale and All the Light We Cannot See, and based on a true story from the years just before WWII began—celebrates the efforts of a childless Dutchwoman who, against all odds, faces down Adolf Eichmann to rescue thousands of children from Nazi-occupied Vienna, including a young aspiring playwright and gifted daughter of an anti-Nazi journalist. To Harper Collin’s Sara Nelson at auction in a major two-book deal by agent Marly Rusoff, for publication in November 2019 (World plus audio)
Publishers Marketplace – November 27, 2018 – MARLEY by Jon Clinch
Fiction – General Other – Jon Clinch author of FINN winner of Athenaeum Literary Award and best book of the year by the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and the Christian Science Monitor imagines in MARLEY the secret-filled life of Charles Dickens’s Jacob Marley, longtime business partner of Ebenezer Scrooge, revealing how decades of personal and professional hostilities turned Scrooge into the man we encounter at the start of A Christmas Carol, to Peter Borland at Atria, in a pre-empt, in a good deal by Marly Rusoff at Marly Rusoff & Associates. (World)
Publishers Marketplace – October 8, 2018 – TELL ME A STORY by Cassandra King Conroy
Nonfiction/Memoir – Author of the novels The Same Sweet Girls and The Sunday Wife Cassandra King Conroy’s TELL ME A STORY: A NOT-SO LITERARY ROMANCE, a memoir and midlife love story of two cautious, disillusioned romantics who forged a life together in their beloved Lowcountry despite the demands of dual writing careers, dysfunctional families, and through illness, and ultimately, through the death of her husband Pat Conroy, to Carrie Feron at William Morrow, by Marly Rusoff at Marly Rusoff & Associates (world English).
Publishers Marketplace – August 08, 2018 – Kwei Quartey’s The Missing American
New Mystery – Kwei Quartey, bestselling author of the Inspector Darko Dawson series, returns with THE MISSING AMERICAN a new standalone novel pitched as “The Ladies Detective Agency” but with a darker edge, introducing ex-cop Mabel Safo who joins a private investigation agency thinking she’ll have a much easier time than the traumatic police service, but what seems at first to be an ordinary missing person case develops into a dangerous and tangled web of crime at the highest levels sold by agent Marly Rusoff at Marly Rusoff and Associates to editor Amara Hoshijo at Soho Press (world English)
Publishers Marketplace – July 30, 2018 – Melodie Winawer’s THE ANTICIPATION
Fiction General-Other – Author of THE SCRIBE OF SIENA, Melodie Winawer’s THE ANTICIPATION, a thrilling past and present story about a widowed scientist who travels to visit the ruins of an ancient Greek city, Mystras, with her son, where they meet a protector of the city who holds the key to their future and to a deadly disease that worsens with each generation, to Tara Parsons at Touchstone, by Marly Rusoff at Marly Rusoff & Associates (WE).
Publishers Marketplace – June 19, 2018 – Patti Callahan Henry’s SURVIVING SAVANNAH
Fiction – General/Other – NYT bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry’s SURVIVING SAVANNAH, with both historical and contemporary story lines and based on an 1800’s true story of a calamity at sea, in which a museum curator struggling to make sense of her life after the loss of her child, uncovers a hidden family connection to the historic tragedy that forces her rethink the role of fate, and the very meaning of her life, to Danielle Perez at Berkley, in a good deal, by Marly Rusoff at Marly Rusoff & Associates (world).
Publishers Marketplace – April 9, 2018 – Mamta Chaudhry’s HAUNTING PARIS,
Fiction Debut – Mamta Chaudhry’s HAUNTING PARIS, pitched as a cross between All the Light We Cannot See and the film Wings of Desire, is set in Paris following end of WW II, telling the story of a gifted pianist who rises above her grief over the death of her husband when she finds a hidden notebook he left behind that sets her in search of a girl who vanished during the German occupation, unaware that her beloved husband is now a ghostly flaneur who haunts the Ile Saint-Louis, tracking her progress, to Nan Talese at Nan A. Talese, in a pre-empt, by Marly Rusoff at Marly Rusoff & Associates (NA).
Publishers Marketplace – February 21, 2018 – Lynda Cohen Loigman’s THE WARTIME SISTERS,
Fiction/Other – Author of The Two-Family House, Lynda Cohen Loigman’s second novel, THE WARTIME SISTERS, a story of family secrets exposed when two estranged Brooklyn-born sisters – one, the dependable wife of an ordnance officer and the other, an impetuous beauty turned young war-widow – are reunited at the historic Springfield Armory, where both work as “soldiers of production” in the early years of World War II, pitched for readers of J. Courtney Sullivan’s Saints for All Occasions and Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach, to Jennifer Weis at St. Martin’s, by Marly Rusoff at Marly Rusoff & Associates (World English).
Publishers Marketplace – January 17, 2018 – Thomas Christopher Greene’s I KNOW WHO YOU ARE
Fiction/Other – Thomas Christopher Greene’s I KNOW WHO YOU ARE, pitched as reminiscent of Hitchcock’s films and in the vein of A. J. Finn’s thriller The Woman in the Window, the story of a prominent artist and inspirational speaker from a troubled background, his loyal wife, with secrets of her own, their teenage son, and how their lives are upended when mysterious notes start appearing on their door, to George Witte at St. Martin’s, in a good deal, by Marly Rusoff at Marly Rusoff & Associates (World English).
Publishers Marketplace – January 17, 2018 – Richard Farrell’s THE FALLING WOMAN
Fiction Debut – Richard Farrell’s THE FALLING WOMAN, pitched as for readers of Noah Hawley’s Before the Fall as well as for readers of fiction portraying complex female characters, the story of how the lives of a man and a woman intersect when a commercial airline explodes over Kansas and a single passenger, previously diagnosed with a fatal illness, is found alive in the wreckage, and an agent for the NTSB must determine the truth of her story, to Chuck Adams at Algonquin, in a pre-empt, by Marly Rusoff at Marly Rusoff & Associates (NA).
Publishers Marketplace – August 15, 2017 – John McMahon’s THE QUIET EARTH
Fiction Thriller – John McMahon’s THE QUIET EARTH, about a troubled detective in fictional Mason Falls, Georgia, who has made a mistake that could cost him his badge just as he comes across the most difficult and important case of his career—one that reaches back in history to reveal a vast and terrifying conspiracy, to Mark Tavani at Putnam, in a good deal, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, by Marly Rusoff at Marly Rusoff & Associates (World). (Name changed to THE GOOD DETECTIVE)
Publishers Marketplace – May 24, 2017
Non-fiction – History/Politics/Current Affairs, Journalist Tom Roston’s history of Windows on the World, the famous restaurant at the top of the World Trade Center, tracing 25 years in the lives of the restaurant, its legendary creator Joe Baum, and New York City, to Jamison Stoltz at Abrams Press, by Marly Rusoff at Marly Rusoff & Associates (World).
Publishers Marketplace – May 10, 2017
Non-fiction – Popular Science -John Jay College Professor of Molecular Biology Nathan Lents’s FLAWED: Pointless Bones, Runaway Nerves, and Other Human Defects, pitched as the Freakonmics of evolution, offering a tour of imperfections that have evolved with the human body, including why we get so many head colds, why we need vitamin supplements, why so many of us have fertility issues as well as eye and knee problems, answered in a survey of the hidden history of our bodies, to Bruce Nichols at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, in a good deal, pre-empt, by Marly Rusoff at Marly Rusoff & Associates (World English).
Publishers Marketplace – April 26, 2017
Fiction – General/Other – Patti Callahan Henry, writing as Patti Callahan’s THE CONSOLATION OF A HAPPY ENDING, a novel of New York ex-atheist, poet and author Joy Davidman and her improbable story which began as a pen-friendship with confirmed bachelor and Oxford don C.S. Lewis, that grew into a creative partnership then a loving marriage ending tragically with her death at 45 but not before transforming both their lives and influencing much of C.S. Lewis’s finest work, to Amanda Bostic at Thomas Nelson, in a good deal, in a pre-empt, by Marly Rusoff at Marly Rusoff & Associates (NA).
Publishers Marketplace – February 16, 2017
Non-fiction – Biography: Catherine Seltzer’s MAN ON FIRE: The Life of Pat Conroy, traces the ways that Conroy’s often improbable life inspired—and at time responded to—his fiction, and carefully considers Conroy as a paradoxical figure: mercurial and self-destructive on one hand, and keenly observant, generous, and charismatic on the other, to Conroy’s longtime editor Nan Talese at Nan A. Talese, in a good deal, by Marly Rusoff at Marly Rusoff & Associates (world English).
Publishers Marketplace – June 6, 2016
Non-fiction – General/Other: Author of THE PRINCE OF TIDES Pat Conroy’s A LOWCOUNTRY HEART: Reflections on a Writing Life, a new nonfiction collection of letters, interviews, and magazine articles spanning Conroy’s long literary career, supplemented by touching pieces from Conroy’s many friends, to Nan Talese at Nan A. Talese, for publication on October 25, 2016, by Marly Rusoff at Marly Rusoff & Associates (World).
Publishers Marketplace – June 3, 2016
Non-fiction: Illustrated/Art – NYT bestselling author of THE KITCHEN BOY, Robert Zimmermann, with illustrations by Christopher Bohnet’s VANISHED SPLENDOR, a new coloring book depicting the richness of the last days of the Romanovs, allowing users to experience splendor, majesty, and mystery of lost Russia, to Iris Blasi at Pegasus, for publication in March 7, 2017, by Marly Rusoff at Marly Rusoff & Associates (World English).
Publishers Marketplace – May 4, 2016
Fiction debut – Kathleen Kenney’s GIRL ON THE LEESIDE, set in the present day west of Ireland, the coming-of-age story of a sheltered young woman, whose mother was killed in an I.R.A. bombing in the North when she was two, who is then raised by her bachelor uncle with whom she shares a near obsessive passion for Irish folklore and poetry, but for her it is an escape that borders on fanaticism, until her protected world is turned on its axis with the arrival of two men, one from the present and one from the past, who visit her uncle’s rural pub, necessitating Siobhan make a decision to either emerge from her cocoon or retreat back into a darker self, to Nan Talese at Nan A. Talese, by Marly Rusoff at Marly Rusoff & Associates (NA).
Publishers Marketplace – May 4, 2016
Fiction debut – Daren Wang’s THE HIDDEN LIGHT OF NORTHERN FIRES, exploring through fiction a largely unknown Civil War-era story about the only town north of the Mason-Dixon to secede from the Union, set near the last stop on the underground railroad where abolitionist farmer Mary Willis helps smuggle runaway slaves to freedom in Canada, but when she falls in love with a fugitive, the weight of the war comes crashing down on her, pitched as inspired by the true history of Town Line, NY and the Willis family, to Laurie Chittenden at Thomas Dunne Books, by Marly Rusoff at Marly Rusoff & Associates (NA).
Publishers Marketplace – April 7, 2016
Fiction Debut- Jenny Williams’s BITTER ROOT, set against the backdrop of Joseph Kony’s war in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, pitched as the “Blood Diamond” of the illegal ivory trade in which a white aid worker from Germany and a young Ugandan woman band together to search for their loved ones who have gone suddenly missing in a searing exploration of family and war, to Quressa Robinson at Thomas Dunne Books, by Marly Rusoff at Marly Rusoff & Associates (NA).
Publishers Marketplace – April 7, 2016
Non-fiction: Illustrated/Art – Melissa Conroy’s LOWCOUNTRY COLORING BOOK, black and white illustrations of Charleston, Savannah, the Sea Islands and Beyond, to Andra Miller at Algonquin, by Marly Rusoff at Marly Rusoff & Associates (NA).
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Publishers Marketplace – February 8, 2016
Fiction debut – Melodie Winawer’s THE SCRIBE OF SIENA pitched as The Girl with a Pearl Earring meets Outlander, in which a twenty-first century female physician is transported back in time to Siena through a 14th century painter’s diary arriving in time to discover a Florentine conspiracy to destroy its rival city Siena as the Plague is about to devastate Italy in a tale of history, art and passion to Susan Moldow and Tara Parsons at Touchstone by agent Marly Rusoff at Marly Rusoff & Associates (WE)
Publishers Marketplace – February 8, 2016
Simon Tolkien’s NO MAN’S LAND sweeping historical saga that tells the story of Adam Raine who grows from boy to man between the turbulent years of 1909 to 1919, starting life as an impoverished child in London who moves to a hard-living coal mining community and is subsequently adopted by the wealthy owner of an Edwardian country house, where he and the owner’s younger son become fierce rivals for the same girl, a rivalry that leads them to develop a murderous hatred for one another which affects all the characters around them, in a novel of faith, class, and war including the horrors of the Battle of the Somme which has profound effects on them all to Nan Talese at Nan A. Talese/Knopf Doubleday in a preempt in a good deal by agent Marly Rusoff at Marly Rusoff & Associates (NA)