"Susan was one of the great editors, and working with her has been the best experience of my writing life," Rushdie said in a statement. "Her clarity and sharpness were invaluable to me and I trusted her instincts always. She was also one of the loveliest human beings I have known, and I grew to love her very much. It's a devastating loss for so many of us."
"Fiction at its best is a journey toward the truth by an indirect route," said Rushdie, whose novel brings the tale of Don Quixote into the age of YouTube and reality television.