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New Patrick deWitt novel slated for simultaneous international publication

Award-winning B.C.-born author Patrick deWitt is coming out with his third novel, Undermajordomo Minor, this fall.

The novel follows a young man named Lucien Minor during his employment as “undermajordomo” at the disquieting Castle Von Aux with a history of dark secrets and village of peculiar characters.

The title will appear Sept. 5 simultaneously in Canada (House of Anansi Press), the U.K. (Granta Books), and the U.S. (Ecco/HarperCollins).

House of Anansi editorial director and acquiring editor Janie Yoon says in a press release:

Undermajordomo Minor is a brilliantly conceived work both in its architecture and its execution, in its imagination, and in its realization of a dark, enchanting world peopled with misfits, madmen, and mortals. Patrick deWitt once again proves that he is a master of invention and reinvention and a major author in Canada and throughout the world.

DeWitt’s sophomore title, The Sisters Brothers (Anansi) won the 2011 Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and was also nominated for that year’s Man Booker and Scotiabank Giller Prize.