Writer Garth Risk Hallberg, a contributor The New York Times Book Review and The Millions, snagged $2 million for his debut novel City on Fire, a 900-page tome. This is a hefty score for a first time novel.
The New York Times has the scoop:
The book drew an advance that is highly unusual for a debut novel. In a two-day bidding war, 10 publishers bid more than $1 million. Knopf emerged the victor, paying close to $2 million, said two people familiar with the negotiations. Before the acquisition, Diana Miller, an editor at Knopf, wrote Chris Parris-Lamb, Mr. Hallberg’s agent, an email praising the book, saying it was ‘off the charts in its ambition, its powers of observation, its ability to be at once intellectual and emotionally generous.’ Read more