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MESSY, WONDERFUL US (prev. A BLANKET OF STARS)

Catherine Isaac (pseudonym of Jane Costello)

  • Original Title: MESSY, WONDERFUL US (prev. A BLANKET OF STARS)
  • Publication date: November 2019
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
  • Country: GB
  • 416 print pages
  • Dramedy

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  • Epoch: Mixed
  • Time Period: 21st century, 20th century
  • Location setting: Italy, United Kingdom
  • Themes: FAMILY, Family secrets, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Social relations, Filiation, PEOPLE facing life, Life change, Search for the truth, Friendship, LOVE / HATE, Amorous urge

Pitch

When Allie opens an envelope in her grandmother’s house, it changes everything she knows about her family - and herself. Accompanied by her best friend Ed, she travels to Italy to find out the truth. But the secrets that emerge don't merely concern her family's tangled past...

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UK publishing rights acquired in a six-figure deal for two new novels

Catherine Isaac is the pseudonym of a Sunday Times bestselling author, Jane Costello. Costello has published several novels, such as THE LOVE SHACK (Simon & Schuster/UK) and SUMMER NIGHTS AT THE MOONLIGHT HOTEL (Simon & Schuster/UK) under her real name.

Isaac’s latest novel YOU ME EVERYTHING was published by Simon & Schuster UK on 19th April 2018, and foreign rights have been sold in 20 territories so far. It is currently being developed as a Feature Film by Temple Hill /Lionsgate with Sarah Brooks (THE BOY DOWNSTAIRS) attached to direct.

Summary

An emotional and uplifting story of love, loss, friendship and a letter that changes everything.

In late 1983, a letter arrives from Italy, containing secrets so unthinkable that it is hidden away, apparently forever. More than three decades later, it is found... by the last person who was ever supposed to see it.

When Allie opens an envelope in her grandmother’s house, it changes everything she knows about her family - and herself.

With the truth liable to hurt those she loves most, she hires a private detective to find out what happened to her late mother in the summer before Allie was born. Taking leave from her job as a research scientist, she is led to the sun-drenched shores of Lake Garda, accompanied by her best friend Ed. He has just shocked everyone with a sudden separation from his wife, Julia. Allie hopes that a break will help him open up.

But the secrets that emerge as the sun beats down on Lake Garda and Liguria don't merely concern her family's tangled past. And the two friends are forced to confront questions about their own lifelong relationship that are impossible to resolve.

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