A novel left incomplete by Charlotte Brontë at her untimely death has been picked up and completed by Irish novelist Clare Boylan, and Viking Penguin executive editor Pam Dorman won it in a best-bid auction just before the holiday. It's called Emma Brown and centers on a mysterious young girl who is enrolled by her seemingly wealthy father in an English school; shortly thereafter, he disappears and the girl's bills remain unpaid. That's the Brontë start on which Boylan has built what Dorman calls a "terrifically accomplished novel" that's an example of "irresistible storytelling" with a "pitch-perfect tone." The U.S. rights buy was made from Melanie Jackson, acting on behalf of U.K. agents Rogers, Coleridge and White. Little, Brown will publish in the U.K. and Dorman will do the book here early next year.
Volume 250 Issue 1 01/06/2003