Nonfiction editor Kate Pritchard interviewed John Green and David Levithan in April about their delightful teen novel Will Grayson, Will Grayson. In the Q&A, Levithan mentioned that he has “a book about adults” coming out next year: The Lover’s Dictionary. (Besides working as an editor at Scholastic, Levithan has written many other YA novels, including Boy Meets Boy and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. The Lover’s Dictionary is his first book written for an adult audience.)
In April, the only information we had about The Lover’s Dictionary was a brief description in Publisher’s Marketplace—the novel is “an alphabetically episodic narrative that traces the ups and downs of an urban romance.”
Today, I was excited to see more info in the Farrar, Straus and Giroux winter 2011 catalog:
How does one talk about love? Do we even have the right words to describe something that can be both utterly mundane and completely transcendent, pulling us out of our everyday lives and making us feel a part of something greater than ourselves?
In the book, the story of the main character’s relationship is told through dictionary entries. Here’s a sample from the catalog:
The Lover’s Dictionary drops on January 18, 2011 (just in time for Valentine’s Day!). Are you intrigued?