Simon & Schuster has acquired a coming-of-age memoir described as a blend of The Help and television programme "Six Feet Under".
Suzanne Baboneau bought UK and Commonwealth rights in The Undertaker's Daughter by Kate Mayfield from Oliver Munson at A M Heath. In the book, Mayfield describes her upbringing in a small-town Kentucky funeral home during the 1960s.
It will be published by Abby Zidle at Simon & Schuster's Gallery imprint in the US, and both will release the title as a lead memoir in autumn 2014.
Baboneau said: "This is a true delight of a memoir, vividly, enchantingly and movingly told. We are so very pleased to be publishing Kate, the undertaker's daughter who now, rather wonderfully, lives in London, on our list next year."