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The Top Secret New Book: Details At Last!

May 2, 2016

Tags: The Alice Network, Morrow, Louise de Bettignies

For more than a year now, I've been working on a new book. Something very new, very different, and until now, very hush-hush. Until now I've kept the details under wraps--but as of today, the announcement is official. My new project will launch in summer 2017 at Morrow, with my fabulous new editor Amanda Bergeron at the helm.

Bestselling author of "Mistress of Rome," Kate Quinn’s THE ALICE NETWORK, a novel taking place in 1915 and 1947, in which an unmarried and pregnant American launches a desperate search for a beloved cousin who vanished in Nazi-occupied France, and finds her only ally in a chain-smoking, battle-scarred old woman who belonged to the real life network of female spies led by Louise de Bettignies during the First World War and who remains haunted by a thirty year old betrayal.

This book was a departure for me, but I loved every minute of it. I loved the 20th century setting, I loved the intermeshing dual timelines, and above all I loved the real-life female spies whose story is so fascinating it begged to be told--google Louise de Bettignies and see for yourself!

I loved writing THE ALICE NETWORK, and I hope you love reading it next summer!

Comments

  1. May 2, 2016 10:19 AM EDT
    This is my first time to comment, and I'm doing it largely because this is such a surprise. I had really expected another book set in Rome or at least Italy. The Alice Network sounds completely different from what you've done before, but the story sounds really interesting. I'm very much looking forward to this!
    - Caro
  2. May 2, 2016 2:15 PM EDT
    This sounds exciting.
    - Juliet
  3. May 2, 2016 4:02 PM EDT
    Thanks, Juliet and Caro! It is a completely new direction for me--and don't worry, I haven't totally veered away from either ancient Rome or the Renaissance--but this was a story that begged to be told, and I had a blast with it!
    - Kate Quinn
  4. May 2, 2016 7:35 PM EDT
    There's been a lot written about espionage in World War II, but no so much about World War I. I'm excited to learn more about this badass women.
    - Juliet
  5. May 8, 2016 9:35 PM EDT
    Have you ever thought about exploring an audiobook for any of your novels? I have read everything you have written and love it all, but I can't read while I drive :) and I keep thinking how great they would be with the right reader.
    Looking forward to your next! This sounds wonderful.
    - Allie Brennan
  6. May 9, 2016 12:26 PM EDT
    Allie, there's an audio version for all my novels! The Rome series is narrated by Elizabeth Wiley, who does an excellent job, and my Borgia books have a trio of narrators, one for each voice. Ronan Vibert, one of my favorite English character actors who played Giovanni Sforza on "The Borgias," voices Leonello!
    - Kate Quinn