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The Men is Sandra Newman’s first novel since The Heavens. With typical literary brilliance and her distinctive imagination, she considers the question: what happens when all people with a Y-chromosome disappear instantaneously from the face of the earth?
The Heavens, published by Grove in 2019, was named a New York Times Notable Book and a Best Book of the Year by NPR, the Guardian, and others, and received glowing reviews from Laura van den Berg in the New York Times Book Review, Kate Tuttle in the Boston Globe, and Sarah Perry in the Spectator. Reviewers and readers are ready and waiting for Newman’s next work and we expect a fantastic response.
Sandra Newman has a huge and adoring following on Twitter, with more than 38,000 followers. This novel is perfect for her those who enjoy her off-kilter and thought-provoking tweets.
The high concept of this novel is attention-grabbing and brilliantly achieved. Newman brings her characteristically quirky and left-field approach to what in another writer’s hands could be a dystopian thriller. The book poses intriguing questions about life and fate, about politics and femininity, and subverts expectations at every turn.
We are publishing with Granta in the UK, which enjoyed excellent sales and attention for The Heavens.
The Heavens was optioned for television by Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon in their production venture with CBS Studios. We expect strong TV/film interest in The Men.
Sandra Newman’s previous novels have also received critical and commercial success, including The Country of Ice Cream Star, longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, and The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Ever Done, shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award.
The Men will appeal to fans of Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, Severance by Ling Ma, and The Power by Naomi Alderman. We will reach out to these authors and others for blurbs.