It you find the key to somebody’s gate,
does that mean you have the right to use it?
Amy Ephron Builds a ‘Castle’ at Philomel
Novelist, essayist, and former Warner Brothers executive Amy Ephron sold her first work for children, The Castle in the Mist, to Philomel Books. Jill Santopolo at the Penguin Young Readers Group imprint acquired world rights from Kari Stuart at ICM and attorney Robert Myman at Myman Greenspan. The book, which is aimed at readers ages 8–12 and set for a spring 2017 release, follows siblings Tessa and Max, who discover a magical key that gives them access to the ancient castle next to their house. The key also gives the indecisive Tessa a chance to have a single wish granted. Ephron, who said she’s always wanted to write for a younger audience, called Castle “a modern-day mash-up of an old-fashioned children’s novel.”
Ephron turns the notion of the good Samaritan on its head in a bauble of a tale about altruism gone horribly wrong.
Rosemary Fell was born into privilege. She has wealth, well–connected friends, and a handsome fiance, Philip Alsop. Finally she has everything she wants.
It is then, in a moment of beneficence, that Rosemary invites Eleanor Smith, a penniless young woman she sees under a streetlamp in the rain, into her home for a cup of tea. While there, Rosemary sees Eleanor exchange an unmistakable look with Philip, and she sends Eleanor on her way. But she cannot undo this chance encounter, and it leads to a tempestuous and all–consuming love triangle –– until the tides of war throw all their lives off balance.
HARPER'S BAZAAR CALLS IT "A MUST READ"
"Her honest approach to her good and not-so-good relationships might be just the thing for anyone feeling sorry about themselves." – Morgan Murrell
DAILY BEAST DUBBED IT
"A HOT READ”
“Whimsical encounters with fascinating characters, from a man who had filled his home with exotic birds to spending an afternoon with infamous murderer Lynette “Squeaky Fromme”... Ephron offers a deeply honest and compelling look at the events that made her the woman she is today.”
L.A. TIMES SAYS:
[A] nosegay of life essays whose pronouncs are mostly ‘I’ and ‘we,’ but are also by implication ‘you’ – as in, ‘here’s my experience of this or that life-changing moment; what’s yours?” – Patt Morrison
THE DAILY CALLS IT "A LITTLE GEM"
"She is an expert at introspection as entertainment...the collection masters brevity and range." – Claire Howorth
HELLO GIGGLES CALLS IT "A FUN AND ENGAGING READ."
"The pages turn themselves...Not only do the essays stand up on their own, the overarching themes unravel themselves beautifully." -- Julia Gazdag