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Strange Light announces Max Porter’s second novel, Lanny

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Strange Light has acquired Canadian English rights to Max Porter’s second novel Lanny, which follows Porter’s much-heralded 2016 debut Grief Is the Thing with Feathers.

Set in an unremarkable English village outside of London, Lanny is powered by Dead Papa Toothwort, a mythical figure that schoolchildren used to draw, green and leafy, choked by tendrils growing out of his mouth, who awakens after a glorious slumber. Amidst a chorus of 21st-century townsfolk at once wrapped up in the drudgeries of modern life and protective of a long gone way of living, Toothwort becomes darkly fixated on a mischievous, ethereal boy named Lanny.

Strange Light Editorial Director Jordan Ginsberg said, “From its first enchanting pages, Lanny moves and pulses, breathing itself into life in delightful and disorienting fashion. Porter’s warm yet menacing world will be familiar to readers of Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, enriched by an intuitive sense of mystery and wonder at how humans, aided and impeded by art and nature and other eternal complications, find fleeting and unlikely ways to connect.”

Strange Light will publish Lanny in Spring 2019. Lisa Baker at Aitken Alexander represented Porter in the deal, with rights sold to Faber & Faber in the UK and Graywolf in the US.

For more information, please contact Erin Kelly at or 416-928-2403.

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