Friday, June 20, 2014

GIVEAWAY!! Lucky Us by Amy Bloom

Exciting news people -- the blog is entering the uncharted territories of book reviews and (wutwut) giveaways. Yah, you read that correctly, a chance to win free stuff. No it's not for a clutch or a bauble of the costume variety, but for the gift that lasts the duration of a trip to the beach: a book. Hehe. And not just any book, but a lovely tale that is part family saga, part love story and part historical fiction. Because I'm a selfless person who enjoys the simple pleasures of reading and lying on the beach, I spent last weekend in my brand spankin' new tie dyed bathing suit immersing myself in Amy Bloom's yet-to-hit-shelves novel Lucky Us so I could put my literary two cents in and give you a chance to win the book. Thank me later. Here's the skinny on the novel:

Bare bones down to it (is that a saying? It should be), Lucky Us is a story of two half-sisters, Eva and Iris. The book takes place throughout the 1940s, so not so coincidentally, the happenings of World War II are implicated in the plot. Thrilling. Eva and Iris share a dad who kind of has a Gatsby-esque chasin' the American dream one con-at-a-time type thing going on. Needless to say, he's not much to hang around the Midwest for, so the two gals hit the road for bright lights big city Hollywood, USA. The sisters' journey doesn't end in Hollywood, in fact, one might argue that's where the story begins. Throughout the book, the ladayz pick up a few new friends (who lend themselves to family members) and ultimately reinvent themselves. If you liked A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Water for Elephants, then you'll like Lucky Us. Trust me. (I trust you, Jack. You jump, I jump, am I right?)

Okay, now the fun part. You get a chance to win a copy of the book, which doesn't come out until July 29. Not the lightly-used paperback copy I read, but a new one. Oh yah. Here's how: leave a COMMENT. Seriously you guys, comments are an effing gold standard in the dog eat dog blogosphere. Tell me what's on your summer reading list and you'll be entered for a chance to win. You miss 100% of the shots you don't take, so take a chance on me (if you change your mind, I'm the first in line) and enter the giveaway.

Okay bye, TGIF, and not just any Friday, but the LONGEST DAY OF THE YEAR FRIDAY!!! (Forthcoming post on #PublicSchoolSummer. What's that, you ask? You think you know but you have no idea.)

UPDATE!! THE GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. Thanks to all 11 of you who entered, you wouldn't have done so had I not bombarded you with personal emails and texts, but thank you. Congratulations to a @TheVoiceTrumpet (that's a nascent viral Twitter account) for winning. Doo doo doo.

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