Saturday, July 25, 2009

THE STORY SISTERS: DOUBLE GIVEAWAY DAY, PART TWO

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THE STORY SISTERS
BY ALICE HOFFMAN

ABOUT THIS BOOK

In her spellbinding novels, Alice Hoffman weaves magic and fairy tales into plots thick with today’s gritty realism. This combination is on dazzling display in her twenty-first novel, The Story Sisters, a heartbreaking yet redemptive family saga.

Elisabeth (Elv for short), Meg and Claire are the three beautiful, black-haired Story sisters, who live on Long Island with their divorced mother, Annie. Their close bond and happy lives are altered irrevocably one day when Elv and Meg share an encounter with a stranger that will change them forever. They swear themselves to secrecy and attempt to overcome the trauma as best they can. But Elv is more and more drawn into the fairytale world she creates. Annie doesn’t understand Elv’s suffering and by the time she does realize what is happening with her eldest daughter and tries to help it is too late. Elv will have to live with the choices she has made and the consequences of her actions, some of them tragic, will affect her entire family.

As the girls grow into young women they take separate paths. They turn for help and solace to their beloved grandmother, Natalia, who lives in Paris. It is in her loving home that Claire, rendered mute by the suffering of her family, finally finds her voice and a way to face the future. Slowly, the beauty of Paris, and the love of those closet to them – including a long-legged Frenchman and an innocent little girl – help the Story family find salvation.

Throughout the novel, the shimmering beauty of the natural world to which the girls are so attuned – bees, moths, flowers, trees, storms, birds, heat waves, snow and the night sky – along the rhythm of the changing seasons remind the reader of a realm beyond the human. It is a realm of the senses, of memory, of literature and story-telling, and of the power of true love.

There are few writers who capture the power and redemption of love as Alice Hoffman does. With The Story Sisters she remains in top form, spinning a masterful tale that will leave the reader stunned, yet hopeful and ever more aware of the fragility and beauty of life.
From the Alice Hoffman Official Site

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Alice Hoffman was born in New York City on March 16, 1952 and grew up on Long Island. After graduating from high school in 1969, she attended Adelphi University, from which she received a BA, and then received a Mirrellees Fellowship to the Stanford University Creative Writing Center, which she attended

Hoffman’s first novel, Property Of, was written at the age of twenty-one, while she was studying at Stanford, and published shortly thereafter by Farrar Straus and Giroux. She credits her mentor, professor and writer Albert J. Guerard, and his wife, the writer Maclin Bocock Guerard, for helping her to publish her first short story in the magazine Fiction. Editor Ted Solotaroff then contacted her to ask if she had a novel, at which point she quickly began to write what was to become Property Of, a section of which was published in Mr. Solotaroff’s magazine, American Review.

Since that remarkable beginning, Alice Hoffman has become one of our most distinguished novelists. She has published a total of eighteen novels, two books of short fiction, and eight books for children and young adults. Her novel, Here on Earth, an Oprah Book Club choice, was a modern reworking of some of the themes of Emily Bronte’s masterpiece Wuthering Heights. Practical Magic was made into a Warner film starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. Her novel, At Risk, which concerns a family dealing with AIDS, can be found on the reading lists of many universities, colleges and secondary schools. Hoffman’s advance from Local Girls, a collection of inter-related fictions about love and loss on Long Island, was donated to help create the Hoffman Breast Center at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA. Blackbird House is a book of stories centering around an old farm on Cape Cod. Hoffman's recent books include Aquamarine and Indigo, novels for pre-teens, and The New York Times bestsellers The River King, Blue Diary, The Probable Future, and The Ice Queen. Green Angel, a post-apocalyptic fairy tale about loss and love, was published by Scholastic and The Foretelling, a book about an Amazon girl in the Bronze Age, was published by Little Brown. In 2007 Little Brown published the teen novel Incantation, a story about hidden Jews during the Spanish Inquisition, which Publishers Weekly has chosen as one of the best books of the year. The Third Angel — winner of the 2008 New England Booksellers' Award for fiction and New York Times bestseller — was recently published in paperback by Three Rivers Press. Her most recent novel is The Story Sisters (2009) published by Share Areheart Books.

Hoffman’s work has been published in more than twenty translations and more than one hundred foreign editions. Her novels have received mention as notable books of the year by The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, Library Journal, and People Magazine. She has also worked as a screenwriter and is the author of the original screenplay “Independence Day,” a film starring Kathleen Quinlan and Diane Wiest. Her short fiction and non-fiction have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe Magazine, Kenyon Review, Redbook, Architectural Digest, Gourmet, Self, and other magazines. Her teen novel Aquamarine was recently made into a film starring Emma Roberts.
She currently lives in Boston and New York.

HOW ABOUT A GIVEAWAY?
WANT TO WIN?



I have one copy of this exciting book to give away.
Please follow the simple rules and the book
could be yours very soon!

RULES:
--U.S. Residents Only
--No P.O. Boxes, Please
--Email address must be in your comment
--ALL comments must be separate to count
or
they will count as one instead of possibly two.

HOW TO ENTER:

+1 ENTRY: Comment and tell if you have read any other book about "sisters" and which one, OR why you want to read this one!

+1 MORE ENTRY: Blog or Tweet about this giveaway and leave link in your comment!

FOR A CHANCE TO
WIN BOTH BOOKS,

ROADSIDE CROSSES
and
THE STORY SISTERS

GET YOUR COMMENT NUMBERS FROM BOTH
ENTRIES, AND THEN ON THIS POST GO AHEAD
AND LEAVE ANOTHER COMMENT WITH
THE NUMBERS OF ALL YOUR ENTRIES

FROM BOTH POSTS AND IF THAT COMMENT
IS CHOSEN, YOU WILL WIN BOTH BOOKS!

ALL NUMBERS FROM ALL COMMENTS ON BOTH
POSTS MUST BE INCLUDED IN ORDER
TO QUALIFY TO WIN BOTH BOOKS!!



ATTENTION!!!!!

THERE WILL BE ONE WINNER OF EACH BOOK!
IF
A CHOSEN ENTRY QUALIFIES TO WIN
BOTH BOOKS, THEY WILL BE PURCHASED
AND MAILED DIRECTLY TO YOU FROM
BINGO, THUS ALLOWING FOR THE
PUBLISHER'S COPIES TO STILL GO
TO SINGLE WINNERS!

GOOD LUCK!
ALL ENTRIES DUE BY 6PM, EST, JULY 30!

52 comments:

Cindy said...

I am reading a "Sisters" book right now - My Sister's Keeper! I love the book and can't put it down. I have a sister that I am very close to and I love sisters books. I would love to win The Story Sisters! Please include me in the giveaway.

Cindy
Socmom213@aol.com

Cindy said...

I follow you on Twitter. My username is Soccermom213

I tweet often about your blog and giveaways and will do so again tonight.

Thank you for the great giveaways.

Cindy
Socmom213@aol.com

Cindy said...

I signed up for the giveaway of the other book too. My entry numbers for book number one are entry 3 and entry 4.

I am one of the first posters for this book giveaway so I think first entries for this book giveaway are 1 and 2, unless someone else posted before me.

I would love to win a copy of either or both books!!!

Cindy
Socmom213@aol.com

tawnda said...

I would like to read this book because I have 3 daughters who are all very different and they are still too young (I hope) to find strength in those differences rather than adversity... ;-)

Sheila DeChantal said...

HI Bingo, I have read books like My Sisters Keeper, The Three Sisters Trilogy, Wednesday Sisters... I love books on close friends and family.

This book sounds interesting and different than anything I have read before.

I am about to connect this giveaway to my giveaway link... Ill be back with that link code.

Sheila DeChantal said...

Here is the link to the giveaway click on my name from here :)

tawnda said...

I'm 15 for Roadside Crosses and 4 for The Story Sisters ;-) I want to read both!

throuthehaze said...

I havent read any sisters books but this one sounds like an interesting read
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Rebecca N. said...

This book sounds fantastic. I would love to read this and then pass it on to my sister. I think she would enjoy reading it as well. Thanks for such great giveaways!

Rebecca N. said...

I tweeted! http://twitter.com/Sparkleglow/status/2848234550

wheresmyrain said...

I have read many sister themed books. I really loved My Sisters Keeper. I want to read STORY SISTERS very much, it is on my really want/need to get and read list and I love ALice Hoffman.

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holdenj said...

Actually, I just read "Shanghai Girls"--I'm still digesting it, not sure if I loved it as much as some reviews thought I should, KWIM? But, it's definitely a well told tale of that sisterly bond.

JHolden955 (at) gmail (dot) com

Thanks.

trishalynn0708 said...

I have read Summer Sisters by Judy Blume. I really enjoyed it. :)

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Beth said...

This looks interesting! Please enter me!

I haven't read any other sisters books, but I've heard good things about the author's writing so I'd like to check it out!

BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

Beverly said...

A book about sisters that I have enjoyed is "In the Time of Butterflies" by Julia Alvarez.

I would like to win this book as I am have not read Ms. Hoffman before and am looking to add more authors to my reading list.

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Rebecca Cox said...

I read my sister's Keeper when it first came out. relationships between sisters can be so complicated. I love Alice Hoffman and try to read all her books.
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Rebecca Cox said...

I tweeted at ccqdesigns.

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DarcyO said...

I read Summer Sisters by Judy Blume. I would love to win The Story Sisters!

dlodden at frontiernet dot net

Neas Nuttiness said...

No - I don't believe that I have read any of the "Sisters" books.

Thanks

libneas[at]aol[dot]com

Neas Nuttiness said...

My previous entry was #5.

Thanks - for the contests and for the reviews!

libneas[at]aol[dot]com

holdenj said...

My Sisters post is #12
My Roadside post is #20.

Thanks

JHolden955 (at) gmail (dot) com

Bingo said...

Some really great "sister" books mentioned....but didn't ANYONE but me read one of my favorites? LITTLE WOMEN?! I know you did but we forget they are sisters without it in the title...and MUCH different sisters than the gals in this book! Good luck to all!

MJ said...

I just finished My Sisters Keeper. I love it. (Yes, I know I'm way behind!!)

mj.coward[at]gmail.com

JenniferB said...

No I havent read any sisters books but would love to read this one. THanks

donnas said...

I would love to read this book. The only book about sisters I have read previously is In Her Shoes.

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donnas said...

I posted this contest in my sidebar here:
http://donnasbloghome.blogspot.com/

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MJ said...

Comment # 23 & 28.

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Rose Red said...

I think a favorite sisters book is Jodi Picoult's book My Sister Keeper. But also Hoffman's Practical Magic is a sisters book. I really love Hoffman's writing.

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Debbie said...

I also read My Sister's Keepter - great book. Love sister books!

Debbie F
dcf_beth at verizon dot net

Debbie said...

I follow you - google reader
Debbie F
dcf_beth at verizon dot net

Debbie said...

I follow you on twitter
Debbie F
dcf_beth at verizon dot net

Amy said...

I read My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult as well as "Missing Mom" by Joyce Carol Oates. Both are books about sisters and very good. I also enjoy Alice Hoffman's writing!

Amy
Aimala127@gmail.com

Amy said...

I tweeted about this giveaway at http://twitter.com/Amestir

Amy
Aimala127@gmail.com

Amy said...

I tweeted this at http://twitter.com/Amestir

Amy
Aimala127@gmail.com

Amy said...

My comments her are #s 32 and 33 and for the Jeffrey Deaver book my comments are #s 38 and 39.

I would love to read both books!

Amy
Aimala127@gmail.com

bridget3420 said...

I want to read this because I like stories that are about true love.

bjhopper(at)me(dot)com

bridget3420 said...

I would like to read this because I love stories that are about true love.

bjhopper(at)me(dot)com

bridget3420 said...

11,12, & 24 are my numbers from the other post.

bjhopper(at)me(dot)com

bridget3420 said...

Blogged about giveaway

http://bridget3420.blogspot.com/2009/07/727-book-giveaway-deals-list-3.html

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DarcyO said...

My comments were #23 and #18.

dlodden at frontiernet dot net

donnas said...

Comments 25 and 26 on this post.

Comments 32 and 33 on the other.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

amanda said...

I recently read Like Water for Chocolate, which involved a lot of sister conflict.
oheeyore at hotmail dot com

booksrmysoul said...

blair lewis
blairwlewis@gmail.com

you know what i have never read any of these books but I would like to try them out and what better way then on a contest huh.

ChristyJan said...

I've read Annette Blair's Triplet Witch series ~ very cute and fun.
Having three sisters of my own I would like to read THE STORY SISTERS.

hawkes(at)citlink.net

ChristyJan said...

My comments were #47 on the Jeffrey Deaver post and #43 on the Sisters post.

hawkes(at)citlink.net

Anita Yancey said...

I haven't read any other books about sisters that I can remember. But I would love to read this book, because I have read other books by Alice Hoffman and loved them. So I'm sure I'd like this one to. Please enter me. Thanks!

ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

Serena said...

I don't recall any books about sisters I've read recently or in the past, but I haven't read Alice Hoffman either. I hear that she writes well and would like a chance to find out.

savvyverseandwit AT gmail DOT com

Vera said...

I love Alice Hoffman and can't wait to read this book! The last one I read of hers was Skylight Confessions.

Books about sisters...I think My Sister's Keeper was the last one, and I loved the movie as well!

CherylS22 said...

I don't really recall any book I've read about sisters. I'd love to read this book because there is such a special relationship between sisters that can be a lifetime joy.

Thanks ~ megalon22{at}yahoo{dot}com

Sara said...

I know this probably isn't what you mean, but I recently finished Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant--it is about nuns. Thanks!

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CherylS22 said...

Comment #50 on "Roadside Crosses"
Comment #48 on "The Story Sisters"

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I Heart Book Gossip said...

I have never read this book. But I have read ms. Hoffman's work and their spectacular.

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