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GIVEAWAY! The Cradle by Patrick Somerville

The Cradle by Patrick Somerville

Product Description

Early one summer morning, Matthew Bishop kisses his still-sleeping wife Marissa, gets dressed and eases his truck through Milwaukee, bound for the highway. His wife, pregnant with their first child, has asked him to find the antique cradle taken years before by her mother Caroline when she abandoned Marissa, never to contact her daughter again. Soon to be a mother herself, Marissa now dreams of nothing else but bringing her baby home to the cradle she herself slept in. His wife does not know-does not want to know-where her mother lives, but Matt has an address for Caroline's sister near by and with any luck, he will be home in time for dinner.

Only as Matt tries to track down his wife's mother, he discovers that Caroline, upon leaving Marissa, has led a life increasingly plagued by impulse and irrationality, a mysterious life that grows more inexplicable with each new lead Matt gains, and door he enters. As hours turn into days and Caroline's trail takes Matt from Wisconsin to Minnesota, Illinois, and beyond in search of the cradle, Matt makes a discovery that will forever change Marissa's life, and faces a decision that will challenge everything he has ever known.

Elegant and astonishing, Patrick Somerville tells the story of one man's journey into the heart of marriage, parenthood, and what it means to be a family. Confirming the arrival of an exuberantly talented new writer, THE CRADLE is an uniquely imaginative debut novel that radiates with wisdom and wonder.

About the Author

Patrick Somerville grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and later earned his MFA from Cornell University. He is also the author of the story collection Trouble (Vintage, 2006). He lives with his wife in Chicago, where he teaches creative writing at Northwestern University.
http://www.patricksomerville.com

Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books (April 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316036110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316036115
READING GROUP  INFORMATION
    My Book Group has chosen to read this as our pick for June.  I honestly can't wait for it.  It should provoke a lot of discussions.  There is now a Reader Group Guide available from Hatchette.  Just click on the link below:

    Reading Group Guide
     The Cradle - Q&A
    Author Essay - The Cradle


    WANT TO WIN A COPY OF THIS BOOK?

    Thanks to Hatchette Book Group, you can try this out for your book group.  I will have up to 3 copies (depending on entries) and you must have a US or Canadian mailing address (not a PO Box) to enter.  The winner will be chosen by Random.org on 4.30.10.

    Please leave a NEW and SEPARATE comment for each entry.

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    124 comments:

    1. I actually picked this book up at the store earlier today and read the synopsis. It sounds great!

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    3. Patrick Somerville has taught creative writing at the Auburn State Correctional Facility! Wow!

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