Sarah’s much-anticipated fourth novel, The Last Camellia, will be published on May 28, by Penguin (Plume). Audio, large-print and various international rights have been sold for the novel, which is Sarah’s darkest and most mysterious novel to date.
About the book: On the eve of the Second World War, the last surviving specimen of a camellia plant known as the Middlebury Pink lies secreted away on an English country estate. Flora, an amateur American botanist, is contracted by an international ring of flower thieves to infiltrate the household and acquire the coveted bloom. Her search is at once brightened by new love and threatened by her discovery of a series of ghastly crimes.
More than half a century later, garden designer Addison takes up residence at the manor, now owned by the family of her husband, Rex. The couple’s shared passion for mysteries is fueled by the enchanting camellia orchard and an old gardener’s notebook. Yet its pages hint at dark acts ingeniously concealed. If the danger that Flora once faced remains very much alive, will Addison share her fate?
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Sarah’s third novel, Blackberry Winter, was published on September 25, 2012 from Penguin (Plume) and hit the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Lists. It was praised by Real Simple and chosen as a “Most Anticipated Book of Fall” by Kirkus Book Reviews. Complete with cover praise from New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand, rights to the book have already been sold in Italy at auction, Germany, Brazil and other countries.
About the book: The story, which takes its title from a late-season, cold-weather phenomenon, continues Jio’s rich exploration of the ways personal connections can transcend the boundaries of time.
Seattle, 1932. Single mother Vera Ray kisses her three-year-old son, Daniel, goodnight and departs to work the night-shift at a local hotel. She emerges to discover that a May snowstorm has blanketed the city, and that her son has disappeared into the heart of the storm. Outside, she finds his teddy bear lying face down in the cold snowy streets.
Seattle, 2010. Seattle Herald reporter Claire Aldridge is assigned to cover the May 1 “blackberry winter” storm and its predecessor that occurred on the same date nearly eighty years earlier. Learning of the unsolved abduction, Claire vows to unearth the truth—only to discover that she and Vera are linked in unexpected ways.
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Sarah’s second novel, The Bungalow, will be released from Penguin (Plume) on December 27, 2011, and later by Heyne Verlag, a division of Random House in Germany, for their Diana Verlag list. The book was praised by Woman’s Day, First for Women, Marie Claire, as well by #1 New York Times bestselling novelist Kristin Hannah, Carol Cassella, Karen White and Sarah McCoy.
About the book: A sweeping saga of thwarted love, murder, and a long-lost painting… In the summer of 1942, twenty-one-year-old Anne Calloway, newly engaged, sets off to serve in the Army Nurse Corps on the Pacific island of Bora-Bora. More exhilarated by the adventure of a lifetime than she ever was by her predictable fiance, she is drawn to a mysterious soldier named Westry, and their friendship soon blossoms into hues as deep as the hibiscus flowers native to the island. under the thatched roof of an abandoned beach bungalow, the two share a private world–until they witness a gruesome crime, Westry is suddenly redeployed, and the idyll vanishes into the winds of war. A timeless story of enduring passion, The bungalow chronicles Anne’s determination to discover the truth about the twin losses–of life and, and of love–that have haunted her for seventy years.
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The Violets of March, was released from Penguin (Plume) on April 26, 2011. Praised by Jodi Picoult, called “engrossing” by Redbook and featured in Coastal Living, Glamour, First for Women, Self.com, Costco Connection magazine, Violets was a Costco Book Buyer Pick and a Target Emerging Author Selection (to read more praise and media attention, click here). The novel was also published in hardcover by Heyne Verlag, a division of Random House in Germany, for their Diana Verlag list. Spanish, Turkish, Italian, Hungarian and French rights have been sold.
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About the book: In her twenties, Emily Wilson was on top of the world: she had a bestselling novel, a husband plucked from the pages of GQ, and a one-way ticket to happily ever after. Ten years later, the tide has turned on Emily’s good fortune. So when her great-aunt Bee invites her to spend the month of March on Bainbridge Island in Washington State, Emily accepts, longing to be healed by the sea. Researching her next book, Emily discovers a red velvet diary, dated 1943, whose contents reveal startling connections to her own life. A mesmerizing debut with an idyllic setting and intriguing dual story line, The Violets of March announces Sarah Jio as a writer to watch.
For rights inquiries, contact:
US: Elisabeth Weed, Weed Literary (elisabeth AT weedliterary DOT com)
Foreign: Jenny Meyer, Meyer Literary (jenny AT meyerlit DOT com)
Film: Dana Borowitz, United Talent Agency (BorowitzD AT unitedtalent DOT com)