News from Rohm Literary
We've had a fascinating two years despite the pandemic. We congratulate Taiye Selasi on her new book, Anansi and the Golden Pot, from Dorling Kindersley, published in February 2022, and Rebecca Walker's forthcoming Time for Us, also from Dorling Kindersley.
Saket's Soni's wonderful work of narrative nonfiction, The Great Escape, will be out in January 2023, from Hachette/Algonquin. We will soon be announcing news regarding film rights to Saket's book. Also coming in 2023, Netflix' film (now in production) of Jonny B. Good's Bitconned, inspired by his book by the same title, and the Wondery podcast of the book, also in production. Peter Atwater's Seeing in Chaos, is forthcoming from Penguin Portfolio Books, with a podcast version also in development.
The adventures of a title
As some of you authors might know, the title of a book can change a few times before the book goes into production.
One of Rohm Literary's great books will hit the bookstores in 6 months: The Great Escape by Saket Soni (Hachette/Algonquin Books). Pre-orders available soon on Amazon, and already available on the UK site. (The title changed three times as the book evolved, from "Strangers at the Golden Door," to "American Promise," to its current, great incarnation as "The Great Escape.") No matter the title, the book is a masterpiece.
Advance reviews have been spectacular:
"One of this country's most remarkable activists is also an extraordinary writer. From the very first moment of this world-spanning story Saket Soni has you in his grip. The Great Escape makes you feel astonishment, compassion, anger, and, at the end, something rare these days--hope."
--Adam Hochschild, New York Times bestselling author of King Leopold's Ghost and Rebel Cinderella
“It’s paced like a thriller, written like a poem, and full of vivid characters who’d enliven any novel, but it’s the true story one of the largest modern-day trafficking incidents in recent history and how Saket Soni and his crew went after the powerful perpetrators. A story as important as it is riveting to read.”
--Rebecca Solnit, author of Orwell’s Roses
"Saket Soni's The Great Escape is a gripping, devastating, and powerfully written book, a must-read for anyone interested in the real world stakes of migration, corporate corruption, and federal law enforcement."
--Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò, author of Elite Capture: How the Powerful Took Over Identity Politics (And Everything Else)
"The Great Escape is part crime caper and part epic. Soni pulls off a page-turning marvel revealing the lengths people will go for economic dignity--and the equal lengths others will go to wring profit from hope. This is a book you will never forget."
--Lauren Markham, author of The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life
"A miracle--immensely moving, powerful, beautiful, and true. It reads like a binge-worthy thriller, told with ridiculous skill and Saket Soni's gigantic heart pounding audibly on every page."
--Naomi Klein, New York Times bestselling author of On Fire
"I've rarely read a more engrossing tale--and a more powerful reminder that in a strained and stressed world we must embrace human solidarity above all. You will not forget this book, not for a long, long time."
--Bill McKibben, New York Times bestselling author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?
"Saket Soni's The Great Escape is a revelation: into the underbelly of America's broken immigration system; into the forces of globalization that move millions of people from the poor to the rich countries without regard for their welfare; into one man's epic struggle to obtain justice for the powerless. The book has the pacing and suspense of the best fiction, but is a true story, told with empathy and humor and wisdom. The Great Escape promises to take its place in the annals of the finest narrative writing about migration."
--Suketu Mehta, author of This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant's Manifesto
"An urgent book from a master storyteller. Saket hasn't just helped liberate hundreds of trafficked workers--he has also set free an equal number of magical narratives. Right till the end, this extraordinary work is as absorbing as a great novel."
--Amitava Kumar, author of Immigrant, Montana: A Novel