I’m thrilled to share that Tasha Suri (Empire of Sand, Realm of Ash, and new trilogy beginning with The Jasmine Throne) is coming out with her debut young adult historical novel, a reclaimed retelling of Wuthering Heights!
Author of EMPIRE OF SAND, REALM OF ASH, and upcoming THE JASMINE THRONE Tasha Suri’s untitled Wuthering Heights retelling, a debut YA historical that draws on the history of lascar sailors and the mixed race children of East India Company officers, to Emily Settle at Feiwel and Friends, in a nice deal, for publication in summer 2022, by Laura Crockett at TriadaUS Literary Agency (world).
In Publishers Weekly: Children’s Bookshelf, there was a full story covering the exciting news. Tasha is one of four authors so far in this reclaimed classics series––other tales include Treasure Island (drawing upon Chinese maritime history), Robin Hood (drawing upon the Muslim side of the Crusades), and Little Women (drawing upon the Freedmen’s Colony of Roanoke Island during the Civil War). I’m so excited about all of these narratives, and cannot thank Emily enough for reaching out to Tasha for this particularly exciting opportunity!
Tasha is going to rely upon lots of historical research and focus on lines from Emily Brontë’s classic that haunted her since her school days. What if Heathcliff and Cathy were both half-Indian? What if they were white-passing enough to be taken back to England, but not enough to be welcomed into this white, elitist society? What if the “gibberish” language Nelly says they spoke to each other was just another language, the language from home?
When Tasha’s idea began to take shape, my own mind was blown. Everything I knew about this narrative in my academia was blown to pieces, and I cannot wait for her to blow your mind too!