Yup, I have it here in my hands. A complimentary preview copy of

House on Endless Waters by Emuna Alon. To be released Jan 2020.

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And not only that, the publishers are recommending it for a Mann-Booker International Prize! Woo ha.

Here is some email dialog:

Dear Linda,

… I’m pleased to introduce myself to you today via e-mail as the acquiring editor of UK rights to publish Emuna Elon’s beautiful HOUSE ON ENDLESS WATERS. We are submitting this singular novel for consideration for the International Booker Prize,

… congratulations on having done a truly superb job; it’s rare to read such a natural, beautifully written piece of translated fiction and thanks to you (and the late Mr Berris) the English-reading world will have the opportunity to do so as well.

Dear Kate,

Thank you so much for your lovely words.

I cannot express how wonderful it was working on the book that swept me away in its beauty. I am glad to think that perhaps the translation offers readers in English an experience that comes close to the original.  …

Dear Linda,

… I’m unsurprised you were swept away in this book’s beauty whilst working; it’s stayed with me and all who’ve read it here so your sensitivity to the original must be first rate. Thank you!, Kate

Well, a recommendation is a long, long way from long-lists or short-lists…and I am not spending the prize money yet, but even just the thought makes me smile in my sleep.

PS. To those who are wondering about the “co-translator”… Mr. Berris began the translation but got sick and couldn’t continue, so I took over.