Spoonbenders, to be published June 27, 2017 by Alfred A. Knopf.
“While the novel revels in elements that entertain—criminal capers, magic, nostalgia for the internet chat rooms and computer paraphernalia of the 1990s—it never shies away from the real emotion of digging up the lies and illusions that sink into every family history. Readers will emerge from the fray sure they know each Telemachus down to the smudges on their hearts.”
—Kirkus, Starred Review
What it’s about
Teddy Telemachus, a charming conman with a gift for sleight of hand, tricks his way into a classified government study about ESP, where he meets the lovely Maureen McKinnon. It’s not just her piercing blue eyes that leave Teddy forever charmed, but her mind—Maureen is a genuine psychic of immense and mysterious power. After a whirlwind courtship, they marry, have three gifted children, and become the Amazing Telemachus Family, performing astounding feats across the country. Irene is a human lie detector. Frankie can move objects with his mind. And Buddy, the youngest, can see the future. Then one night, tragedy leaves the family shattered.
Decades later, the family’s not so amazing. Irene’s a single mom whose ear for truth makes it hard to hold down a job, much less hold together a relationship. Frankie’s in serious debt to his dad’s old mob associates. Buddy has withdrawn completely into himself and has inexplicably begun digging a hole in the back yard. Was this the life they were meant to have? Why is the CIA suddenly interested in them again? And, most importantly, what will become of the new generation? Irene’s son Matty has just had his first out-of-body experience, and his newfound talent might just be what his family needs to save themselves—if it doesn’t tear them apart in the process.
Harnessing the imaginative powers that made him a master storyteller, Daryl Gregory delivers a stunning, laugh-out-loud novel about a dysfunctional family of gifted dreamers and the invisible forces that bind us all.
We’re gradually filling in the tour dates. Here’s what we have so far (as of 3/31/17): Tour Schedule.
Around the world
Spoonbenders will be published around the world by these fine companies. Most publishing dates are not set–there’s translation work to do–but the translation into English was done by me, so riverrun will be publishing the book in the UK this summer, probably July.
UK: riverrrun / Quercus. Coming summer 2017
Italy: Edizioni Frassinelli
Poland: Czarna Owca
Brazil: Editora Rocco
China: China CITIC
Germany: Eichborn Verlag
Taiwan and Hong Kong: China Times
Hungary: Libri Kiadó
France: JC Lattès
Catalan: Edicions La Campana
Spain: Blackie Books
…and more are in the works!
Spoonbenders has been optioned by Paramount TV, and will be executive produced by Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar, Steve Golin (who shared an Oscar for Spotlight), and Bard Dorros. I’ll also be an executive producer, and as soon as I figure out what that entails I’ll let you know. My media agent, Marty Shapiro, orchestrated that auction. He rocks.
The announced print run is 75K copies. So you should be able to find it.
Knopf editor Tim O’Connell bought the book in an auction orchestrated by my samurai agent, Seth Fishman.