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Two Roads acquire new debut novel by award-winning Director of Creative Writing at Harvard

Lisa Highton of Two Roads has acquired REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS, the much-anticipated debut novel from Director of Creative Writing at Harvard, Bret Anthony Johnston. A compelling exploration of human morality, the novel is set on the Texan Gulf over one long, hot summer, where abducted teenager Justin Campbell’s reappearance after four years missing feels like a miracle to his family, but also lays bare the effects of his trauma, as the book builds to a spectacular denouement. Two Roads Publisher Lisa Highton says: ‘Oh the joy when a book like this comes along. Finding a writer as talented and a storyteller this assured is a gift, and one of the many pleasures of being both a publisher and a reader.’ Bret Anthony Johnston says: ‘I am exceedingly thrilled that REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS has found its home with Two Roads. I could not dream up a better publisher for the novel, a novel that is in many ways about the life of a place, its stories and voices.’ Bret Anthony Johnston is the author of the award-winning Corpus Christi: Stories, which was described by David Mitchell as ‘a gorgeous accomplished debut’ and named a Best Book of the Year by the Independent and the Irish Times, and the editor of Naming the World: And Other Exercises for the Creative Writer. His work appears in the Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, The Paris Review, The Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he’s the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and a 5 Under 35 honour from the National Book Foundation. He teaches in the Bennington Writing Seminars and at Harvard University, where is the Director of Creative Writing. Highton acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Joelle Dieu at Random House US where it will be published by Kendra Harpster next year. Already praised by Alice Sebold, Tom Perotta and more, REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS will be published by Two Roads in July 2014. ‘In this deeply nuanced portrait of an American family, Bret Anthony Johnston fearlessly explores the truth behind a mythic happy ending. In REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS, Johnston presents an incisive dismantling of an all too comforting fallacy: that in being found we are no longer lost.’ Alice Sebold, author of the Lovely Bones ‘You could say that this book is ripped from the headlines, but that wouldn't be fair. Bret Anthony Johnston's riveting novel picks up where the tabloids leave off, and takes us places even the best journalism can't go. REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS is a wise, moving, and troubling novel about family and identity, and a clear-eyed inventory of loss and redemption.’ Tom Perrotta, author of Little Children and The Leftovers ‘This mesmerizing story of loss and redemption on Texas's Gulf Coast will take you in and hold you and not let go until it's done with you, leaving you wiping at your eyes with the kind of soul-gratitude that comes only after experiencing true art.’ Andre Dubus III, author of The House of Sand and Fog For all publicity enquiries please contact Rosie Gailer rosie.gailer@hodder.co.uk 020 7873 6452 www.tworoadsbooks.com www.facebook.com/TwoRoadsBooks www.bretanthonyjohnston.com www.facebook.com/bajbooks

TWO ROADS ACQUIRES BLACKOUT: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget BY SALON.COM EDITOR SARAH HEPOLA

Two Roads Acquires Sarah Hepola Memoir

Two Roads Acquires GIRL RUNNER by Carrie Snyder

Two Roads Publisher Lisa Highton struck a deal for two books with Gillian Fizet at House of Anansi Press. US rights were pre-empted by Claire Wachtel at HarperCollins last week. Two Roads will publish GIRL RUNNER alongside the US in early spring 2015. Girl Runner is the story of Aganetha Smart, a pioneering Olympic athlete who was famous in the 1920s, but now, at age 104, lives in a nursing home, alone and forgotten by history. When her quiet life is disturbed by the unexpected arrival of two young strangers, Aganetha begins to reflect on her childhood in rural Ontario and her struggles to make an independent life for herself in the city. Without revealing who they are, and what they may want from her, the two visitors take Aganetha on an outing from the nursing home. Returning her to the home of her birth, their ulterior motives and their identity are gradually revealed, forcing Aganetha to confront her own secrets and difficult life choices. Set in the early twentieth century, Girl Runner is an engaging and endearing story about family, ambition, rivalry, athletics, and the dedicated pursuit of one’s passions. Lisa Highton says: ‘I’m very proud to have a writer of Carrie’s distinction on the Two Roads list – GIRL RUNNER is a brilliantly evocative story of time and place with an unforgettable heroine.’ CARRIE SNYDER was born in Hamilton and grew up in Ohio, Nicaragua, and Ayr, Ontario. She is the author of two books of short fiction. Her first, HAIR HAT (Penguin, 2004), was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Award for Short Fiction, and her second, THE JULIET STORIES (House of Anansi, 2012), was a finalist for the 2012 Governor General’s Literary Award. She lives in Waterloo, Ontario. For all publicity enquiries please contact Rosie Gailer rosie.gailer@hodder.co.uk 020 7873 6452 http://carrieannesnyder.blogspot.co.uk/ @carrieasnyder

TWO ROADS ACQUIRES GREAT HOSTESSES BY SIÂN EVANS

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