Celadon Books is excited to announce our latest acquisition, GOOD BOY by Jennifer Finney Boylan. Upon reading the exclusive submission, Senior Vice President and Co-Publisher Deb Futter knew that this deeply personal and unique memoir belonged on the Celadon list. She acquired the rights from agent Kris Dahl at ICM Partners in a two-book deal.
In her New York Times opinion column, Jennifer wrote about her relationship with her beloved dog Indigo, and the tear-jerking column went viral. GOOD BOY uses that column as a springboard for a book that is part-memoir and part-exploration of masculinity and femininity, in the context of a man’s, and now a woman’s, best friends.
“GOOD BOY was an irresistible acquisition,” says Deb. “It’s a look at the importance of the dogs in one’s life, written by an astute, funny writer who happens to be the larger-than-life Jenny Boylan, a human rights activist and person extraordinaire.”
Professor Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of fifteen books, is the inaugural Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence at Barnard College of Columbia University. Her column “Men & Women” appears on the op/ed page of the New York Times on alternate Wednesdays. Her 2003 memoir, She’s Not There: a Life in Two Genders was the first bestselling work by a transgender American. A novelist, memoirist, and short story writer, she is also a nationally known advocate for human rights.
GOOD BOY will publish in April 2020. A second untitled book will tentatively be published in 2022.