jordanIn Liberty, the protagonist is a brainy college student who is recruited by the government agency she has philosophically resented — the CIA. The agency offers an enticement she can’t resist: the eventual opportunity to work on the case of her parents, journalists who were kidnapped while covering the civil war in Libya. First, she is sent to study abroad in Russia and find an Edward Snowden-like spy, one whose courage she has always admired.

Portes and Silverman briefly dated before finding a more unusual way of collaborating. She separately has written novels including Hick, which was adapted into a film starring Chloe Grace Moretz, and last year published Bury This. Silverman, a former journalist, has scripts that include Fly for Fox 2000, Undefeated for Universal and Lady In The Locker Room for CBS Films.

Original Artists brokered the deal with Portes’ lit agent Rosemary Stimola of Stimola Literary Studio.