A year ago on June 25th THE SILENT WIFE, ASA Harrison’s debut psychological thriller was published in North America by Penguin Books US and Penguin Canada. The bittersweet launch came two months after Harrison died of cancer after working on her fiction in obscurity for the past decade.
What followed for THE SILENT WIFE in the next 12 months was nothing short of an international sensation. Here are the highlights:
- Rave endorsements from bestselling US and UK writers
- Rave reviews in Publishers Weekly, The Washington Post, Newsday to name a few
- A profile article in The New York Times on ASA Harrison and The Silent Wife being the sleeper summer hit of 2013
- 11 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, reaching #2 on the paperback list
- International rights sales in 27 countries. (see list below)
- In the past year the novel has published in 7 countries and has become a bestseller in the US, UK, Canada and most recently France and Italy. It just hit #9 in the Italian bestseller lists a few weeks after publication this May.
- Global sales of close to 700,000 copies sold copies sold worldwide so far
- Last but not least, Nicole Kidman’s Blossom Films and Mazur Kaplan have optioned the film rights to produce a feature film with Nicole Kidman to star as Jodi Brett. Billy Ray (of The Hunger Games and Captain Philips) is attached to write and direct.
The international story for The Silent Wife has arguably just begun.
To date, these rights for THE SILENT WIFE have been sold:
Bulgarian (Ciela Norma AD), Chinese Complex (The Eurasian Publishing Group), Chinese Simplified (Thinkindom Media Group LTD.), Croatian (Znanje D. D.), Czech (Pavel Dobrovsky – Beta S.R.O), Danish (Politikens Forlag), Dutch (The House of Books), English (Headline Publishing Group), French (Le Livre de Poche), German (Berlin Verlag), Greek (S. Patakis Publcations S.A.), Hebrew (Sela Publishers), Hungarian (Alexandra Konyveshaz KFT.), Italian (Longanesi), Japanese (Hawakawa Publishing Inc.), Korean (Munjakdongne), Norwegian (Schibsted Forlag As), Polish (Znak), Portuguese (Editorial Presenca & Editora Intrinseca LTDA), Romanian (Rao), Russian (Exmo License Limited), Serbian (Vulkan Izdavastvo D.O.O), Slovene (Ucila International Zalozba), Spanish (Salamandra), Swedish (Massolit Forlag Ab), Turkish (Pegasus)