Rights Available! Pulitzer Prize Winner Returns With WWII Tale

Jennifer Egan's 'Manhattan Beach' and Kate Hope Day's 'If, Then' are both ripe for optioning.
Courtesy of Scribner

Manhattan Beach (Simon & Schuster, Oct. 3) by Jennifer Egan
Agency: ICM Partners

HBO passed over Egan's Pulitzer-winning A Visit From the Goon Squad for Vinyl. This time she delves into historical fiction for a Brooklyn-set World War II tale of a young girl (with a mysteriously missing father) who becomes a trailblazing diver at the Navy Yard.

If, Then (Random House, 2019) by Kate Hope Day
Agency: UTA

This debut novel about four people in a sleepy Oregon town who have visions of other lives they have lived (said to evoke The Leftovers and Philip K. Dick) was a hot title at the Frankfurt Book Fair and scored a reported seven-figure advance.

This story first appeared in the Oct. 18 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.