Alex Schaffner

at Brook­line Book­smith in Brook­line, Mas­sachusetts

Poets and Writers - - Special Section ■ Literary Agents -

First an ad­vance reader’s copy (ARC) ar­rived ad­dressed to our back­list buyer, Shuchi Saraswat, who keeps an eye out for book­sellers’ in­ter­ests as ARCs come in. She and my co–events di­rec­tor, Ly­dia McOs­car, heard more about the book di­rectly when they vis­ited Pen­guin Ran­dom House’s New York of­fices. The pub­lisher’s con­ta­gious en­thu­si­asm spurred me to dig in. LGBT lit­er­a­ture is one of my key in­ter­ests, and I wrote a the­sis on eigh­teenth-cen­tury lit­er­a­ture, so this was a nat­u­ral path from pub­lisher ex­cite­ment to store to just the right book­seller. Fans of Sarah Wa­ters and Jeanette Win­ter­son will love it, and with hand-sell­ing and shelf-talk­ers [printed cards or other signs at­tached to a store shelf to call buy­ers’ at­ten­tion to a par­tic­u­lar ti­tle], I ex­pect the book to be a suc­cess at the store.

“Rosen­berg’s mas­ter­ful de­but is, at once, a work of spec­u­la­tive his­tor­i­cal fic­tion, a soar­ing love story, a puz­zling mys­tery, an elec­tri­fy­ing tale of ad­ven­ture and sus­pense, and an un­abashed cel­e­bra­tion of sex and sex­u­al­ity.” —Christine Myk­i­tyshyn,...

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