Schaffert’s ‘Perfume’ Tempts Doubleday
In a six-figure deal for a sixth novel, Timothy Schaffert’s The Perfume Thief was nabbed by Doubleday’s Margo Shickmanter. The world English rights deal was brokered by Alice Tasman at Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, who said she pitched the novel as “The Danish Girl meets Moulin Rouge.” The WWII–set tale follows, Tasman explained, “a queer American expat” who heads to Paris to become a perfumer. There, while crafting scents for members of the city’s “underground nightlife,” she hits a crossroads when the Nazis seize the city “and seek her expertise for a sinister purpose.” Schaffert (The Coffins of Little Hope) is the director of creative writing at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and is the founder of the Omaha Lit Fest.
Author of five novels: "The Swan Gondola" (Riverhead/Penguin); "The Coffins of Little Hope," "Devils in the Sugar Shop," "The Singing and Dancing Daughters of God" and "The Phantom Limbs of the Rollow Sisters" (all from Unbridled Books). Assistant Professor of English at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Director of the (downtown) omaha lit fest. Contributing editor, Fairy Tale Review.
"The Swan Gondola" is a story of love and ghosts set among the flimflam men, snake-oil salesmen, occultists, and actresses of the 1898 Omaha World’s Fair; an Oprah.com Book of the Week, and a recommended read from Good Housekeeping, The Week, Library Journal, Booklist, Historical Novel Review, and reviewed in Washington Post, Miami Herald, Omaha World-Herald, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and others. I blog about the belle epoque at http://theswangondola.tumblr.com/
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