Few first novels have gotten the attention and acclaim of Diane Setterfield’s 2006 debut, The Thirteenth Tale. The former French professor’s Gothic tale, with echoes of classics like Rebecca and Wuthering Heights, struck a chord with book lovers in particular, who sent it straight to the top of the bestseller lists: 70,000 copies were sold in the U.S. in the first two weeks of its release.
In our review, we said that Setterfield would have to write her next book quickly, since readers would be “clamoring for more.” But news of a second novel has been slow in coming—Setterfield spent five years writing her first—even though The Thirteenth Tale was sold in the U.S. to Atria and the U.K. to Orion as part of a two-book deal.
But yesterday, Publisher’s Lunch reported that Setterfield had sold a novella described only as “a ghost story” to Emily Bestler at her Atria imprint, for publication in fall 2013. While it’s a little disappointing to get a novella instead of a second novel, we’re happy to finally have news from Setterfield after years of fruitless Google searches. Anyone else looking forward to this one?