Rights Available! A Teacher's Heartbreaking Memoir

Michelle Kuo's 'Reading With Patrick' and Holly FitzGerald's 'Ruthless River' are both ripe for optioning.
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'Reading with Patrick' by Michelle Kuo

Reading With Patrick (Random House, July 11) by Michelle Kuo
Agency: New Leaf

Part coming of age story, part legal thriller - think Mr. Chips meets John Grisham - Kuo’s moving and gripping memoir starts with the Harvard grad rejecting the upwardly mobile dreams of her first generation Taiwanese-American parents to move to Arkansas to join Teach for America. Once there her romantic visions of teaching the students her love of African-American literature meets the reality of being in an economically struggling community, though she connects with one shy student, Patrick. Eventually she succumbs to parental pressure and enrolls at Harvard Law School. But she soon puts her legal career on hold and returns to Arkansas to help Patrick, who has been accused of murder. Reviews for the powerful and heartbreaking story have been strong (herehere and here). 

Ruthless River (Vintage, May 30) by Holly FitzGerald
Agency: CAA

FitzGerald and her husband's around-the-world honeymoon was derailed when their plane crashed in Peru. This ultimate survival tale traces the couple's hellish journey on a raft downriver through the Amazon without navigation, food or hope of rescue.

This story first appeared in the July 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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