A Good Neighbourhood is 'compelling, heartbreaking, and inevitable'
Jess Whitlum-Cooper, commissioning editor at Headline, has signed Therese Anne Fowler's A Good Neighbourhood, a novel described by Jodi Picoult as "compelling, heart-breaking, and inevitable". Headline has UK and Commonwealth rights from Jenny Meyer at Jenny Meyer Literary Agency in the US, where rights have gone to St Martin's Press.
A Good Neighbourhood (February 2020) is set in a tight-knit North Carolina neighbourhood, where professor Valerie Alston-Holt is raising her bright and talented biracial son. All is well until the Whitmans move in next door - an apparently traditional family with new money, ambition, and a secretly troubled teenage daughter. But, even while a romance blossoms between the teenagers, the families find themselves at war.
Whitlum-Cooper said: "This powerful and provocative novel is page-turning and electrifying, with a conclusion that will shake you to your core. This is a timely and urgent story, and I'm delighted to be bringing Therese's formidable writing to the Headline list."
Fowler said: "Every novel (and every author!) needs to find its right, best home, so I'm delighted to have A Good Neighbourhood at Headline, in such enthusiastic and capable hands."
Fowler's previous novels are Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald and A Well-Behaved Woman, both published in the UK by Hodder imprint Two Roads. She holds a BA in sociology/cultural anthropology and an MFA in creative writing from North Carolina State University.
Photo of Therese Anne Fowler by John Kessel