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by Alyssa Wees

NOCTURNE by Alyssa Wees

Del Rey | Hardcover | 9780593357477 | February 21, 2023

A lyrical, haunting reimagining of the Beauty and the Beast story, set in Depression-era Chicago starring a young ballerina. We have licensed NOCTURNE and the following book in our two-book contract to Del Rey UK.

Rights sold: UK/BC: Del Rey/PRH; Spanish: Urano

Praise for NOCTURNE

“An enchanting and lyrical fever dream bursting with dazzling prose and dark romance. Nocturne enthralled me.” —Erin A. Craig, New York Times bestselling author of House of Salt and Sorrows

“Darkly beautiful and threaded through with an undercurrent of magic and madness, Nocturne is a captivating tale replete with layers of illusion, where true enchantment lies hiding beneath the manufactured witchery and gossamer splendour of the ballet.” — Liefe Shallcross, author of The Beast’s Heart

“In Nocturne, Wees robes the classic story of Beauty and the Beast in lush prose and infinite splendor. A fever dream of a novel, surreal and intricate, and enchanting in every way.” —Ava Reid, author of The Wolf and the Woodsman

“No one writes the way Alyssa Wees does, and Nocturne is her latest masterpiece. Like the ballet pulsing at its core, the story is both sinuous and quick on its feet, leading the reader through a labyrinth of emotions that range from the brightest passion to the darkest grief. A powerful, haunting read.” —Joan He, New York Times bestselling author of Strike the Zither

“Nocturne reads like a fable, a mythical tale full of magical power, but imbued with the very real and wonderfully graceful power of ballet. Its heroine is a prima ballerina for whom nothing—life, death, love—is as important as the dance. You will be enchanted!” —Louisa Morgan

"Absolutely captivating, Nocturne is a delicious and radiant treat of a novel. Prepare to be spellbound!" —Sarah Beth Durst, award-winning author of The Queens of Renthia

“Richly imagined and heartbreakingly told, Nocturne is a lush gothic romance that will dance you dizzy.” —Hannah Whitten, New York Times bestselling author of For the Wolf

Grace Dragotta has always wanted to be a ballerina—ever since she first looked through the windows of the Near North ballet company. The elegance, the beauty, of the dance seemed almost transcendent to a child of the working poor. So when Grace is oprhaned, it is to the ballet that she flees. And to the ballet mistress, Grace is her little bird—a wounded creature flown in through her window, one that she can heal and make fly. And indeed, years later, Grace is ready to spread her wings as the new Prima ballerina of the Near North company. But it is a position that comes with a price…. the coveted position she gets from the enigmatic Master La Rosa, is actually just another sort of cage—but she could be saved!

But here, my friends, is where this story moves in to a whole other place altogether!

Alyssa Wees published her debut novel, THE WAKING FOREST, with Delacorte (part of PRH Children’s), to much critical acclaim.

Alyssa grew up writing stories starring her Beanie Babies, in between training in ballet and watching lots of Disney movies. She earned a BA in English from Creighton University and an MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago. She currently lives outside of Chicago.