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Faber has acquired The Two Loves of Sophie Strom by Sam Taylor

By Faber Editor, 17 April 2023

Faber has acquired The Two Loves of Sophie Strom, a deeply moving novel set in 1930s Vienna and 1940s Paris, by Sam Taylor.

Associate Publisher Louisa Joyner acquired World rights from Beniamino Ambrosi at the Cheney Agency. Faber will publish in May 2024.

A house fire, Vienna, 1933: thirteen-year-old Max is orphaned, disfigured and adopted by an Aryan family who change his identity – and his prospects – for the better.

A house fire, Vienna, 1933: thirteen-year-old Max saves his parents and escapes unharmed, to face life as a Jew in 1930s Austria.

In one unforgettable night, Max Spiegelman’s life splits in two. As war looms and Nazism continues to rise, Max is forced into choices that place him and his alter ego on opposing sides of a divided world. Tethered by their dreams, the boys watch helplessly, haunted by visions of what could have been. But in each parallel universe, they share a magnetic bond with an enchanting, grey-eyed girl.

The Two Loves of Sophie Strom is a profound story about how tragedy, choice and life-altering love shape our future.

Louisa Joyner, Associate Publisher said:

‘I am absolutely delighted to be publishing this luminous novel by Sam Taylor! It has been a joy and a privilege to work with him as a translator on seminal Faber writers like Leïla Slimani where I’ve witnessed his exquisite care and brilliance on the page, so it came as no surprise that his own fiction is so subtle, moving, wildly engaging and propulsive; this is a major novel in the making.’

Sam Taylor is a novelist and literary translator. His four previous novels have reached an international audience, and his award-winning translations include works by Laurent Binet, Leïla Slimani and Marcel Proust. Born in Nottinghamshire, England, Sam was a writer and editor at the Observer for eight years before spending a decade in France. He now lives in the United States with his family.

Photo credit – Kathy Taylor