A family memoir by the distinguished author Francine du Plessix Gray was won by Random House president and publisher Ann Godoff in a heated auction involving several houses. It was a North American rights buy from agent Georges Borchardt, for a substantial six figures. The book isn't finished yet, and the sale was based on a partial manuscript, with the working title Them. Gray, who is the stepdaughter of famous Conde Nast design director and sculptor Alexander Lieberman (who died three years ago), is most recently the author of a brief biography of Simone Weil and a major one of the Marquis de Sade.
Volume 249 Issue 48 12/02/2002