By Rachel Deahl -- Publishers Weekly, 2/4/2010 1:25:00 PM
|Libba Bray. |
Photo: Cheryl Levine.
In The Diviners, a supernatural fantasy series set in Manhattan during the 1920s, Bray follows a teen heroine she says is reminiscent of two of the era's most famous literary women—Zelda Fitzgerald and Dorothy Parker. Bray, who admitted to having always been fascinated by the Jazz Age, said she's looking forward "to offering readers a wild new ride full of dames and dapper dons, jazz babies and Prohibition-defying parties, conspiracy and prophecy—and all manner of things that go bump in the neon-drenched night.”
Bray, who found wide critical acclaim with last year's Going Bovine—a dark comedy about a teenager who goes on a trippy (and possibly hallucinatory) cross-country jaunt with a dwarf, after being diagnosed with mad cow disease—released her first standalone novel, A Great and Terrible Beauty, in 2003. That book performed well with readers and reviewers alike and went on to become the first title in Bray's Victorian fantasy series featuring protagonist Gemma Doyle; according to LBBYR, the trilogy has sold more than 1.25 million copies.