Mrs. S

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Pub Date 20 Jun 2023 | Archive Date 20 Jun 2023

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A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
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A JULY 2023 INDIE NEXT PICK

A sublime and sensual debut novel exploring the nature of queer love and attraction, the transformative power of desire, and the dissonance between self and place, by White Review Fiction Prize shortlisted writer K Patrick

In an elite English boarding school where the girls kiss the marble statue of the famous dead author who used to walk the halls, a butch antipodean outsider arrives to take up the antiquated role of “matron.” Within this landscape of immense privilege, where difference is met with hostility, the matron finds herself unsure of her role, her accent and her body.

That is until she meets Mrs. S, the headmaster’s wife, a woman who is her polar opposite—an assured, authoritative paragon of femininity. Over the course of a long, restless summer, their unspoken yearning blooms into an illicit affair of electric intensity. But, as the summer fades, a choice must be made.

Seductive, stylish, and disarmingly wry, K Patrick’s bold and revelatory debut smolders with the heat of summer as it explores the queer experience and the force of forbidden love.

A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
Oprah DailyElectric LiteratureGay Times・NBC Out

A JULY 2023 INDIE NEXT PICK

A sublime and sensual debut novel exploring the nature of queer love and attraction, the...


A Note From the Publisher

TARGET CONSUMER
-Readers of LGBTQ+ fiction and romance
-For readers of Garth Greenwell, André Aciman, Patricia Highsmith’s The Price of Salt, Kristen Arnett’s With Teeth, Lauren Groff’s Matrix, Négar Djavadi’s Disoriental

KEY SELLING POINTS
-A bold, stylish, and sensual debut by an exciting new voice in queer fiction
-A vivid depiction of queer romance and secret love that also explores themes of class, identity, and displacement

TARGET CONSUMER
-Readers of LGBTQ+ fiction and romance
-For readers of Garth Greenwell, André Aciman, Patricia Highsmith’s The Price of Salt, Kristen Arnett’s With Teeth, Lauren Groff’s Matrix...


Advance Praise

Mrs. S oozes with erotic tension from the start. It is a story so seductively and intelligently observed that its pulse continues long after the final page… Yes. I loved it.”—Sarah Winman, author of Still Life

“A voluptuous performance…taut with anticipation through the final line.”—Lillian Fishman, author of Acts of Service

“Such a delicately detailed fresco of longing that, upon finishing reading, I felt the incongruous sensation of watching a bird sleep. I can’t explain why; I only know I love this book.”—Zain Khalid, author of Brother Alive

“[K. Patrick] interrogates queerness and carves out a place for trans bodies and trans sexuality in modernism and indeed in literature.”—Richard Scott on S. at the Beach

Mrs. S is sublime—at once a languorous slow-burn and a moving reflection on queerness and what it is to be and be seen. I loved this book.”—Julia Armfield, author of Our Wives Under the Sea

“Reading Mrs. S is a delicious experience…What a beautifully crafted and uncannily accomplished debut. What an irresistible new voice.”—Rupert Thomson, author of Barcelona Dreaming

Mrs. S oozes with erotic tension from the start. It is a story so seductively and intelligently observed that its pulse continues long after the final page… Yes. I loved it.”—Sarah Winman, author of...


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  • National and regional review coverage
  • LGBTQ+ media outreach
  • Winter Institute Promotion
  • Galleys and e-galleys (Edelweiss, Netgalley) widely available 
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  • National ad campaign
  • #1 Indie Next Pick campaign

Marketing & Publicity

  • National features, interview, and profiles
  • Appearances at festivals, online events, and more. Author available for select i-store events, please contact...

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ISBN 9781609458409
PRICE $18.00 (USD)
PAGES 240

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