NEW NOVEL FROM SALMAN RUSHDIE | Penguin Random House Canada


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Publication to be simultaneous with Random House US, Jonathan Cape UK, and Penguin Random House Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa. Toronto: February 7, 2017: Salman Rushdie’s mesmerizing new novel is a modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of American culture and politics since the inauguration of Barack Obama. Through the eyes of a young filmmaker coming-of-age during the rise of Trump, Rushdie gives us a revelatory panorama of the last eight years, spinning together through a host of memorable characters and a secretive, tragedy-haunted family, a story of life, love, murder and corruption–culminating in the insurgence of a ruthlessly ambitious, narcissistic, media-savvy villain to the highest office in the land. Louise Dennys, Executive Publisher, Penguin Random House Canada, who acquired Canadian rights from Andrew Wylie at the Wylie Agency, says: “I read The Golden House in one spellbound sitting. One of the very greatest writers in the world has turned his eye on our times, and given us a knock-out of a novel, one unlike anything he’s written before: a gripping contemporary thriller, seen through the eyes of a hero for the ages, that is as rewarding as it is entertaining. Because, as only the best writers can do in the greatest of novels, he lays bare a changing world and a nation in crisis, leaving one with a deeper understanding of these confounding times. The novel itself, with daring prescience, ends in Fall 2017, and I’m sure this will be, quite simply, our must-read novel of the year.” Sir Salman Rushdie is the multi-award winning author of twelve previous novels: Midnight’s Children which won the Booker Prize (1981) and the Best of the Booker Prize (2008), Grimus, Shame, The Satanic Verses, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Moor’s Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury, Shalimar the Clown, Luka and the Fire of Life, The Enchantress of Florence and his recent Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights. His memoir, Joseph Anton, published in 2012, became an acclaimed bestseller, praised as “the finest memoir…in many a year” (The Washington Post). He has also published one collection of short stories, East, West and three works of non-fiction: The Jaguar Smile, Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism 1981-1991 and Step Across This Line. Rushdie has also co-edited two anthologies, Mirrorwork and Best American Short Stories 2008. His books have been translated into over forty languages. He is a former president of American PEN. For more information, please contact: Sharon Klein Deputy Director, Publicity Penguin Random House Canada 416-957-1562