Algonquin Books Acquires Gayle Forman Adult Novel

By Dianna Dilworth 

gayleformanAlgonquin Books, a Division of Workman Publishing, has acquired the North American rights to publish bestselling author Gayle Forman’s first novel for adults.

The publisher snapped up the title at auction. Amy Gash, senior editor at Algonquin, negotiated the deal with Forman’s agent, Michael Bourret of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. The book is tentatively titled Bypass and is slated for publication in Fall 2016.

“After a decade of mining the young-adult experience, I was ready to turn my attention to marriage and motherhood. It felt like the time to write a novel starring people my own age,” Forman explained in a statement. “I have been reading Algonquin books for years, so it’s a bit surreal to now find myself in the prestigious company of authors like Robert Goolrick, Sara Gruen, Tayari Jones and more. Needless to say, I am thrilled to be publishing my debut adult novel with Algonquin.”

The novel is the portrait of a go-getter woman who finds herself in search of her estranged birth mother after a heart attack.