Sophie Kinsella announced that she has a new novella coming later this year, two months after revealing that she has been diagnosed with brain cancer.

The Dial Press will publish Kinsella’s What Does It Feel Like? in the fall. The press describes the book as “an unforgettable story—by turns heartbreaking and life-affirming—of a renowned novelist facing a devastating diagnosis and learning to live and love anew.”

Kinsella wrote several novels under her real name, Madeleine Wickham, before publishing Confessions of a Shopaholicin 2000 under her pen name. The novel, the comic story of a financial journalist who is herself in deep debt, became a bestseller and spawned several follow-up novels, including Shopaholic Takes Manhattan, Shopaholic & Sister, and Shopaholic to the Stars. A film based on Confessions of a Shopaholic and Shopaholic Takes Manhattan, directed by P. J. Hogan and starring Isla Fisher and Hugh Dancy, was released in 2009.

Two months ago, Kinsella disclosed that she was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer, in 2022, and that her condition is stable.

Kinsella announced her new book on the social platform X, writing, “To my readers & friends around the world, I am so grateful for your incredible love & support following my diagnosis. I want to tell you about my new short novel which publishes in October. WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE? is fiction, but it is my most autobiographical work to date.”

She continued, “WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE? tells the story of Eve, a successful novelist who is struck down by brain cancer and who begins to put her life back together. Eve’s story is my story—and through her tough times, she laughs and cries and is upbeat, as am I. I hope you will enjoy it.”

What Does It Feel Like? is scheduled for publication on Oct. 8.

Michael Schaub is a contributing writer.