Nicole Krauss Signs $4 Million Book Deal With Harper

40-year-old writer has been called 'one of America's most important novelists' and has been translated into 35 languages.

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Nicole Krauss, the award-winning and bestselling author of The History of Love and Great House, has signed a two-book deal with publisher Harper for $4 million. Executive editor Terry Karten at Harper lured Krauss away from her previous publisher Norton, Gawker first reported.

The first of the two books, Late Wonder, is described rather abstractly as “a searching and metaphysical novel about transformation, about moving in the opposite direction from all that is known and apparent.” The second title, How to Be a Man, is a book of stories, reported Bookforum magazine.  

The 40-year-old Brooklyn resident has published her fiction in magazines such as The New Yorker, Harper's and Esquire. She was selected as one of The New Yorker's "20 Under 40" young writers to watch for. She was one of Granta's Best American Novelists Under 40 in 2010, and a National Book Award finalist.

She published her first novel, "Man Walks into a Room" in 2002. The New York Times has called her "one of America's most important novelists," and she has been translated into 35 languages.