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Tyro scribe lands 2-book deal

Nissen inks with Knopf for a mid-six-figure sum

Straight out of the University of Iowa writing program, 27-year-old Thisbe Nissen has landed a two-book deal with Knopf for a mid-six-figure sum.

Outbidding several houses, Knopf editor Jennifer Minton acquired “The Good People of New York,” a romantic comedy about the relationship of a mother and daughter, and a group of New York friends, from the 1970s to the present, and an untitled second novel.

Minton had previously bought reprint rights to Nissen’s first collection, “Out of the Girls Room and Into the Night,” which won the Iowa fiction prize last year and was previously published by the University of Iowa.

Janklow & Nesbit’s Eric Simonoff repped Nissen in the deal, and Marti Blumenthal of Writers & Artists will handle film rights for all three books.

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