Beyonce’s co-writer Yrsa Daley-Ward is officially releasing her fiction debut titled The Catch, which will be part of Glory Edim’s Well-Read Black Girl x Liveright series. We cannot wait to read this one!

Published by Liveright, The Catch follows twin sisters who lost their mother mysteriously at a young age. When they reach adulthood, the twins meet a woman who appears to be a version of their mother that never had children. The UK rights were acquired by #Merky Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

According to Publisher’s Marketplace, Daley-Ward’s debut novel explores “the bones of modern trust and grift” and illuminates “alternate, expansive realities where Black women may live and create with impunity.” Daley-Ward is thrilled about her debut novel and remarked:

Motherhood and motherlessness are huge personal lands of interest to me. I wanted to explore the effects of both on the psyche. I dream of my own mother all the time, who died at a relatively young age. It makes me think about what it might feel like to learn our mothers up close, pushing aside the distant, narrow filters through which we have cautiously observed them, staying far enough away to feel safe.

Glory Edim founded the book club Well-Read Black Girl in 2015 as a “one-of-a-kind affirming space for Black women to encounter literature and engage in critical discourse with one another.” Launched this year, the series Well-Read Black Girl x Liveright publishes two titles each year by women and non-binary authors, focusing on people of color and traditionally underrepresented voices.

Yrsa Daley-Ward is a British author, model, actor, and screenwriter. She is known for her debut book Bone as well as for her spoken-word and Instagram poetry. Her memoir The Terrible was published in 2018 and won the PEN/Ackerley Prize. Her newest book The How was published in 2021. Daley-Ward also co-wrote Black Is King, Beyoncé’s musical film and visual album.

Congrats to Daley-Ward on her fiction debut!