UK & Commonwealth rights to Stephanie Wrobel’s debut literary suspense novel, The Recovery of Rose Gold, were sold to Michael Joseph following a major eight-way auction.

The novel was acquired by Publishing Director Maxine Hitchcock at Penguin Random House / Michael Joseph for publication in 2020.

US rights to Stephanie’s debut were acquired by Executive Editor Amanda Bergeron at Penguin Random House / Berkley in a pre-emptive offer.

The novel is an original exploration of Munchausen syndrome by proxy, and follows the story of Rose Gold who, after being poisoned by her mother for eighteen year, makes the calculated decision to take her in after her prison sentence…

Rose Gold Watts believed she was sick for eighteen years. She thought she needed the feeding tube, the surgeries, the wheelchair.

Turns out her mom, Patty, is a really good liar.

After five years in prison, Patty gets out. Mother and daughter agree to move in together and let go of old grievances. Patty says all she wants is to reconcile with Rose Gold and care for her infant grandson.

But Rose Gold knows her mother. She won’t rest until she has Rose Gold back under her thumb. Which is a smidge inconvenient, because Rose Gold wants to be free of Patty forever.

Only one Watts can get her way.

A thrilled Maxine said of the deal:  “There are a handful of books in a career that come along that inspire such passion and confidence that you simply know you have to publish it. The Recovery of Rose Gold is so distinctive, so clever, so surprising, so skilfully written, so widely appealing – I honestly couldn’t believe I was in the hands of a debut writer.  There aren’t many characters who make an immediate and lasting impact and stay with the reader long after the book has finished  – but Stephanie has certainly done that here – twice –  and we can’t wait to introduce readers to the unforgettable Patty and Rose Gold Watts…  We plan to publish it with much noise and passion in 2020.”

Stephanie said: “Maxine and her team blew me away with their creativity and passion, and I’m so excited to work with them to bring The Recovery of Rose Gold to readers.”

Foreign rights to The Recovery of Rose Gold have been sold in Germany, Italy and Hungary. Canadian rights have gone to Simon & Schuster Canada.

Stephanie Wrobel grew up in Chicago but has been living in the UK for the last three years with her husband and dog, Moose Barwinkle. She has an MFA from Emerson College, has had short fiction published in Bellevue Literary Review, and was nominated for the 2018 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. Before turning to fiction, she worked as a creative copywriter at various advertising agencies.