OK readers- just in time for the holidays, I bring to you the very first ever one-and-only Eleanor’s Trousers book giveaway contest! Come one, come all and sign up right here to win your very own copy of Matrimony, a novel by Joshua Henkin, and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year!
The very kind Mr. Henkin has even offered to autograph the book and send it anywhere in the world, so international readers are welcome to play along. And for those of you who just can’t wait to read it, it also makes a lovely last-minute gift for the holidays….. (hint, hint). I have my copy and am flying through it, so grab your own and then re-gift when you win big!
Here’s how we’ll do this:
To enter the contest, leave a comment by December 30, 2008 and say “Pick me”. To get another entry, also include the title of the best book you read all year- I’m travelling a lot lately and I’ll be needing to add to my book stash. In the interest of keeping everything on the up-and-up, the drawing will be held via little slips of paper which the very honorable BC will pull himself from whatever bowl I can find on the 30th. I’ll email the winner and announce it here on the site as well.
So, warm up your commenting fingers and go to it. You only have one week to sign up and you know you want a free, autographed, well-written book for yourself in these troubled economic times, right? And then when you love it, you can get your book club to read it too and the author may even join in on the discussion- you can see his post on working with book clubs here.
And just to prove to you cynical folks that it’s worth the effort of wearily commenting for the win, here’s what’s being said about the book:
PRAISE FOR MATRIMONY, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a National Booksense Pick, and a Borders Original Voices Selection:
“In the tradition of John Cheever and Richard Yates … a novel about
love, hope, delusion, and the intricate ways in which time’s passage
raises us up even as it grinds us down. It’s a beautiful book. Here’s to
its brilliant future.”
–Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of The Hours
“Truly an up-all-night read.”
–Adriana Leshko, The Washington Post
“Mr. Henkin writes with a winningly anachronistic absence of showiness….
This is just a lifelike, likable book populated by three-dimensional
characters who make themselves very much at home on the page.”
–Janet Maslin, The New York Times
“Beguiling…. [Henkin write] effortless scenes that float between past and
present. [He creates] an almost personal nostalgia for these characters.”
–Jennifer Egan, The New York Times Book Review
“[A] charming novel … Henkin keeps you reading with original characters,
witty dialogue and a view that marriage, for all its flaws, is worth the
–Tom Fields-Meyer, People
“Radiates the kind of offbeat shoulder-shrugging charm that made Michael
Chabon’s The Mysteries of Pittsburgh so memorable…. [Matrimony] gets to
you and stays with you.”