JENNIFER GOVERNMENT Max Barry (Doubleday, $19.95) Can you picture Julia Roberts with a tattoo of a barcode right under her eye? Maybe her buddies Soderbergh and Clooney will cast her as the title agent in Barry’s futuristic thriller, which their company has optioned. Jenny’s is a world run by giant corporations like Nike and Pepsi; ooh, think of the product-placement potential!
SLEEPING WITH SCHUBERT Bonnie Marson (To be published in 2004 by Random House) Eeuuuuhhhh…didn’t Schubert die of syphilis? This is the happy tale of an NYC lawyer who turns into a musical prodigy when his body is invaded by the spirit of the 19th-century Viennese composer. Lorenzo di Bonaventura, former top exec of Warner Bros.-turned-rogue producer, bought the rights.