Head of Zeus is delighted to be publishing Lọlá Ákínmádé Åkerström’s first novel, In Every Mirror She’s Black.
Editor Clare Gordon acquired UK & Commonwealth, excluding Canada, rights for In Every Mirror She’s Black for Head of Zeus from Jessica Craig, at Craig Literary and will be published in hardback and ebook on 3rd February 2022. It will be published in the US & Canada in September 2021 by Sourcebooks.
In Every Mirror She’s Black follows three Black women whose lives become intertwined through their relationships with the same wealthy white man. Kemi is the marketing campaign star he hires to save his firm’s reputation after a disastrous racially insensitive ad campaign. Brittany is the model-turned-flight-attendant he plucks from her normal life and lavishes with wealth and affection. And Muna is the refugee, just granted asylum, who cleans his office building.
Through the stories of these three women, In Every Mirror She’s Black explores issues of race, sexuality, class and belonging in imminently readable prose.
Lọlá Ákínmádé Åkerström said, ‘Finding an editor who fully gets In Every Mirror She’s Black and its unique voice was extremely important for me. I am beyond ecstatic and grateful to have found that home with Clare Gordon and thrilled to be joining the Head of Zeus family in the UK.’
Clare Gordon said, ‘I devoured In Every Mirror She’s Black over the course of a weekend, lost in the worlds of Kemi, Brittany and Muna. They each felt so real and their voices stayed with me long after I finished reading. I can’t wait for readers to meet them.’
Lọlá Ákínmádé Åkerström is a Nigerian-American author, speaker, and photographer based in Sweden. Her work has appeared in National Geographic, BBC, CNN, Guardian, Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, New York Times and Lonely Planet, amongst others. She is the author of award-winning and bestselling non-fiction books Due North and bestselling LAGOM: Swedish Secret of Living Well. She has been recognized with multiple awards for her work, including 2018 Travel Photographer of the Year Bill Muster Award, and she was honoured with a MIPAD 100 (Most Influential People of African Descent) Award within media and culture in 2018.
Translation rights are represented by Jessica Craig at Craig Literary and film & TV rights are represented by Ozi Menakaya at CAA.