Malvern resident Lisa Scottoline, the renowned author of legal thrillers who graduated from Lower Merion High School, has signed a deal with a new publisher and is already working on a new book inspired by the legendary Philip Roth, writes Hillel Italie for The Washington Post.
Scottoline, who previously published with St. Martin’s Press, has reached a six-book deal with G.P. Putnam’s Sons. The deal includes a planned trilogy set in Italy at the time of the fascist reign of Mussolini. It would be her first works of historical fiction.
The first novel in the series is titled Eternal, and Scottoline cites the recently deceased Roth as her inspiration. Scottoline studied under Roth years ago during her time at Penn, taking his “Literature of Desire” and “Literature of the Holocaust” seminars.
“In both courses, we did a close, almost line-by-line, analysis of the books” said Scottoline. “I became an author because of him, especially his harrowing first-person accounts of the Holocaust.”
Read more about Lisa Scottoline in The Washington Post here.