“Eat, Pray, Love” author Elizabeth Gilbert said she will be delaying her next book after it garnered backlash for its Russian setting, with Ukrainian fans imploring her not to publish it amid.
The best-selling memoirist took to Instagram on Monday to let fans know that her newest novel, “The Snow Forest,” will not be published in February 2024, with the book set to be delayed until after the war in Ukraine ends.
“Over the course of this weekend, I have received an enormous, massive outpouring of reactions and responses from my Ukrainian readers, expressing anger, sorrow, disappointment and pain, about the fact that I would choose to release a book into the world right now,” Gilbert said.
“I want to say that I have heard these messages and read these messages, and I respect them. As a result, I’m making a course correction, and I’m removing the book from its publication schedule. It is not the time for this book to be published.”
Gilbert said her latest novel takes place during the 20th century and centers around a group of people who left society in resistance of the Soviet government and to defend nature against rapid industrialization.