Jacket for 'The Heavens'


UK - Granta
US - Grove Atlantic
Germany - Matthes & Seitz
Italy - Ponte alle Grazie
Russia - AST Publishers
Sweden - Sekwa

The Heavens

By Sandra Newman

Published May 2019

New York, 2000. Kate and Ben meet at a party and fall instantly, irrevocably in love. Around them, the city glows. It is the first year without a war anywhere. A woman runs the White House, and on the streets of Manhattan, strangers say ‘Good morning’ to one another. Kate falls asleep, knowing she is loved.

London, 1593. Kate wakes as Emilia – the mistress of a nobleman – and finds the plague at her door. Afflicted by premonitions of a burnt and lifeless city, she sets out to save the world. Each decision she makes will change her life with Ben forever.

A story of love and alternate universes, madness and time travel, The Heavens is a dream bound up in a strange awakening; it is a novel of what we have lost, and what we might yet be able to save.


Praise for The Country of Ice Cream Star:

“What an astonishing achievement . . . I can’t remember when I last read something so original or sophisticated or emotionally engaging or so breathtakingly ambitious.”—Kate Atkinson, author of Life After Life

“This remains one of the most beautiful books I have read this year—the one I champion everywhere.”—Jason Sheehan, NPR “Best Books of 2015”


Published Spring 2019.