Doubleday won Kalani Pickhart’s debut novel, which is set during the 2013 and 2014 protests in Kyiv.
Kirsty Dunseath, publisher, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to I will die in a foreign land by Eric Obenauf of independent American publisher Two Dollar Radio. It will be released on September 22.
I will die in a foreign land begins when President Yanukovych failed to sign a deal with the European Union, opting instead for a closer alliance with Vladimir Putin’s Russia. The editor said: ‘The peaceful protests turned violent when military police fired live ammunition into the crowd, killing over 100 civilians. Using a mix of storytelling, journalistic pieces and folk songs, the novel follows four characters during this unstable winter: a Ukrainian-American doctor, an engineer from Pripyat, near Chernobyl; a fiery young activist and former KGB agent – as they search for love, redemption and meaning during tumultuous times.
The novel was published by Two Dollar Radio in October 2021, before the current invasion and quickly caught the attention of booksellers, critics and readers in the United States. Two Dollar Radio quickly sold out the first print run and had to advance the paperback six months. The novel just won the prestigious New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award for writers under 35 and was voted best book of the year by the New York Public Library, Cosmopolitanand Independent book review. It was recently chosen as best book of the year by Barnes and Noble.
Dunseath said: “This is a hugely moving and emotional novel that has real resonance and depth as we follow the lives of ordinary individuals against the backdrop of an intense historical moment. Two Dollar Radio has found this wonderful new voice and I am delighted to bring Kalani’s work to the UK.