South African author Karen Jennings has a new book on its way.
This comes hot on the heels of her gloriously reviewed, career-changing Booker-longlisted novel An Island, which made so much impact following its publication that an entire prize was birthed in its honor.
The new novel, titled Crooked Seeds was recently sold to Hogarth’s Marie Pantojan in a North American rights agreement by Jennings’ representative Anna Stein at International Creative Management, reports Publishers Weekly. The novel is set in a futuristic Cape Town and centers a woman who “after decades of denial, must finally confront her family’s dark past.” The publisher called the work “a meditation on cycles of trauma, collective guilt, and the legacies of colonialism.”
Karen Jennings’ published work include the novel Finding Southbek, which was a finalist for the inaugural Etisalat Prize for Fiction, the story collection Away from the Dead, the memoir Travels with My Father, and, most recently, the novel An Island, which was longlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize. She serves on the board for The Island Prize for Fiction, which founded last year to support the talent of emerging African authors.
More details on Crooked Seeds will be made available soon.