Delighted to hear that HarperCollins have bought Peng Shepherd's debut novel, M. Peng's agent at Curtis Brown describes the book as "a virtuoso debut by an unparalleled talent. Peng Shepherd has created a world filled with big ideas about mortality and self but it is the small intimate moments that pierce and stay with you long after you’ve finished reading".
A former student of Emily's at City, Peng attended New York University’s Creative Writing MFA Program on a full scholarship, where she studied under Jonathan Safran Foer, David Lipsky, Darin Strauss, and Emily Barton. Her fiction has appeared in Litro Magazine, Liars’ League, .Cent Magazine, broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and published in the Weird Lies anthology, which won the Saboteur Best Anthology Award in 2014. Earlier this year, the Elizabeth George Foundation awarded her a major grant based on an early draft of her novel, and she was also a finalist for the Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s The Margins 2016 fellowship.
Congratulations, Peng! We can't wait to read the book.