Our very first Paper Literary deal – Sarah Underwood’s dazzling debut novel, LIES WE SING TO THE SEA publishes in the US today! The UK publication is the following week on 16th March. We are so delighted for Sarah and wish her a very happy publication.

A lead title from HarperTeen and Electric Monkey, LIES WE SING TO THE SEA is a fantasy romance, inspired by Greek mythology and the tale of Penelope’s twelve hanged maids.

It’s received some wonderful quotes:

”A lovely, lyrical fantasy which takes the fate of the hanged maids of the Odyssey and weaves something brand new. A story overflowing with emotion and full of magic.”
Jennifer Saint, internationally bestselling author of Ariadne and Elektra

Lies We Sing to the Sea is a lyrical, elegant debut bursting with imagination and heart. Underwood expertly weaves a tale about the inevitability of fate—and the love that makes us rail against it anyway. Bittersweet and wholly cathartic.”  Allison Saft, New York Times bestselling author of A Far Wilder Magic

“A wondrous tale of love, death, and sacrifice. The vivid characters give depth and adventure to a story with roots in classic Greek mythology.” Natasha Bowen, New York Times bestselling author of Skin of the Sea

In the cursed kingdom of Ithaca, each spring brings the hanging of twelve maidens, a gift to the vengeful Poseidon. But when Leto awakens from her death on the shore of a long-forgotten island, its enigmatic keeper Melantho tells her that there’s only one way the curse can be broken. Leto must kill the last prince of Ithaca . . .

A reclamation of a story from thousands of years ago, LIES WE SING TO THE SEA is about love and fate, grief and sacrifice, and, ultimately, the power we must find within.