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3/30/10

GIVEAWAY! Laura Rider's Masterpiece by Jane Hamilton (Book Review 2010-51)

Product Description

Laura and Charlie Rider have been married for twelve years. They share their nursery business in rural Wisconsin, their love for their animals, and their zeal for storytelling. Although Charlie's enthusiasm in the bedroom has worn Laura out, although she no longer sleeps with him, they are happy enough going along in their routine.

Jenna Faroli is the host of a popular radio show, and in Laura's mind is "the single most famous person in the Town of Dover." When Jenna happens to cross Charlie's path one day, and they begin an e-mail correspondence, Laura cannot resist using Charlie to try out her new writing skills. Together, Laura and Charlie craft florid, strangely intimate messages that entice Jenna in an unexpected way. The "project" quickly spins out of control. The lines between Laura's words and Charlie's feelings are blurred and complicated, Jenna is transformed in ways that deeply disturb her, and Laura is transformed in her mind's eye into an artist. The transformations are hilarious and poignant, and for Laura Rider, beyond her wildest expectations.

About the Author

Jane Hamilton is the author of The Book of Ruth, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award for first fiction, and A Map of the World, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and named one of the top ten books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly, the Miami Herald, and People. Both The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World have been selections of Oprah's Book Club. Her following work, The Short History of a Prince, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 1998, her novel Disobedience was published in 2000, and her last novel When Madeline Was Young was a Washington Post Best Book of 2006. She lives in and writes in an orchard farmhouse in Wisconsin.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (March 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446538949
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446538947
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches 
Source: Book Trade

LOVED IT

This was a quick read that kept me busy on an airplane and keeping my interest on a plane is hard to do since I am a nervous flyer.  There is a lot of humor and sly references about writing and life in general.  I liked the characters of Laura and Charlie, but thought Charlie was a bit one flat.  The fact that Laura would practically shove her husband in to an affair with her idol Jenna just shows how much Laura worships her.  That leads to a bunch of comical three ways.  This book was a great way to spend the afternoon!

NOW, YOU CAN WIN A COPY FROM HATCHETTE HERE:

You must live in the US or Canada and not in a PO Box.  Contest ends 4.15.10 and the winner drawn by Random.org.  

To Enter:

+1 leave a comment here with your email address (you can do this daily for extra entries)
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Or, if you don't want to wait, you can order a copy from my Amazon link HERE

33 comments:

  1. I'm already a follower.

    Thanks for the contest!
    Kelsey
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  2. Sounds great!! I am a follower!!

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  3. Awesome contest!!!!!
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    Thanks!
    Kelsy

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  4. It sounds like a neat book. I'd love to read it. Thanks for the giveaway!

    I'm a follower and Goodreads friend.

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  5. I've seen a few things on this book and I just love the premise. I'd love to be entered to win! I follow, and I'm a friend on Goodreads.

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  6. please count me in...thanks :)

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  7. Please enter me!

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  8. Thanks for this great giveaway. This book intrigues me. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. I've liked Jane Hamilton in the past, please count me in!
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  11. I'm a follower! Thanks.
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  12. Entry for 4/2. Thanks!
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  13. Your review of the book says it all.
    Please enter me for this giveaway.

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  14. I am a follower by google reader.

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    I hope I am lucky #13

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  15. Happy daily entry for 4/5! Thanks!
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  16. One of my favorite authors, I can't wait to read this one. Thanks for hosting a giveaway.

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  17. Already an old follower.

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  18. Already your friend on Goodreads.

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  20. This looks like a good read. Thanks for the chance. bekki1820cb at gmail

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  21. Follower of the blog. bekki1820cb at gmail

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  22. Daily entry for 4/8. Thanks!
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  23. +2 Hi Mary, I'm a new follower on your wonderful blog. I'm also 'parkwood' from FR. Thanks for this contest. pegmcdaniel@tampabay.rr.com

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  27. Hi Mary, I'd love to win this book. Fantastic website. Thanks for all your hard work.
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  28. Daily entry for 4/13. Thanks!
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  29. This book sounds great! My entries are tallied below.

    My e-mail: bunnymom1970@aol.com (+1)

    I am a new follower (+2)

    I sent you a friends request on GoodReads (+1)

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  30. please enter me here too.

    thanks!

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  31. I'm a follower.

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  32. Also a goodreads friend.

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  33. bunnymom and pegmcdaniel have won copies!

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