Monday, September 6, 2010

THE GOOD DAUGHTERS: PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY ENDED
THE GOOD DAUGHTERS
BY JOYCE MAYNARD


ABOUT THE BOOK:

The bestselling author of Labor Day returns with a spellbinding novel about friendship, family secrets, and the strange twists of fate that shape our lives.
They were born on the same day, in the same small New Hampshire hospital, into families that could hardly have been less alike.
Ruth Plank is an artist and a romantic with a rich, passionate, imaginative life. The last of five girls born to a gentle, caring farmer and his stolid wife, she yearns to soar beyond the confines of the land that has been her family's birthright for generations.
Dana Dickerson is a scientist and realist whose faith is firmly planted in the natural world. Raised by a pair of capricious drifters who waste their lives on failed dreams, she longs for stability and rootedness.
Different in nearly every way, Ruth and Dana share a need to make sense of who they are and to find their places in a world in which neither has ever truly felt she belonged. They also share a love for Dana's wild and beautiful older brother, Ray, who will leave an indelible mark on both their hearts.
Told in the alternating voices of Ruth and Dana, The Good Daughters follows these "birthday sisters" as they make their way from the 1950s to the present. Master storyteller Joyce Maynard chronicles the unlikely ways the two women's lives parallel and intersect—from childhood and adolescence to first loves, first sex, marriage, and parenthood; from the deaths of parents to divorce, the loss of home, and the loss of a beloved partner—until past secrets and forgotten memories unexpectedly come to light, forcing them to reevaluate themselves and each other.
Moving from rural New Hampshire to a remote island in British Columbia to the '70s Boston art-school scene, The Good Daughters is an unforgettable story about the ties of home and family, the devastating force of love, the healing power of forgiveness, and the desire to know who we are.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Joyce Maynard first came to national attention with the publication of her New York Times cover story “An Eighteen-Year-Old Looks Back on Life” in 1973, when she was a freshman at Yale. Since then, she has been a reporter and columnist for The New York Times, a syndicated newspaper columnist whose “Domestic Affairs” column appeared in more than fifty papers nationwide, a regular contributor to NPR. Her writing has also been published in national magazines, including O, The Oprah Magazine; Newsweek; The New York Times Magazine; Forbes; Salon; San Francisco Magazine, USA Weekly; and many more. She has appeared on Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN, Hardball with Chris Matthews, Charlie Rose, and on Fresh Air. Essays of hers appear in numerous collections. She has been a fellow at Yaddo, UCross, and The MacDowell Colony, where she wrote her most recently published novel, Labor Day.
The author of nine books of fiction and nonfiction, including the novel To Die For (in which she also plays the role of Nicole Kidman’s attorney) and the bestselling memoir, At Home in the World, Maynard makes her home in Mill Valley, California. Her novel, The Usual Rules—a story about surviving loss—has been a favorite of book club audiences of all ages, and was chosen by the American Library Association as one of the ten best books for young readers for 2003.
Joyce Maynard also runs the Lake Atitlan Writing Workshop in Guatemala, founded in 2002.

GIVEAWAY



THANKS TO MEGAN AND MY FRIENDS
AT HARPER COLLINS PUBLISHING,
I HAVE 2 COPIES OF THIS WONDERFUL
NEW BOOK TO GIVE AWAY.




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86 comments:

tawnda said...

this sounds rather interesting... How your life can start off the same and then, whether forced by choice, the paths are always changing but seem to be invisibly overlapped and intertwined...

Anonymous said...

I am interesting in the idea of following the birthday sisters. When my son was born, there was another Justin born on the same day, two baby beds over. I was working at the same cdompany as the other Justin's mother so we discussed our Justins on break. But we moved away and I don't know what became of the other Justin. At least in this book, it is possible to know about the lives of both birthday sisters.

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Anonymous said...

From the fun stuff, I learned that Joyce Maynard would have been a country singer if she could sing!


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suburban prep said...

Your synopsis makes it sound like a book that would really keep my attention. I would love to read.
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suburban prep said...

He least favorite food is liver. I do not like it either.
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Teresa said...

I have wanted to read her work since I read all of those fantastic reviews of Labor Day. I'd love to win a copy!

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StephTheBookworm said...

Yesss! This one is on my TBR list! I'd love to read it because it's so cool that they were born on the same day, and I love stories that take place over a long period of time.

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StephTheBookworm said...

On the site, I saw that her favorite food is popcorn!

Steve Capell said...

My wife is an artist so this book being about an artist interests me. Thanks for the opportunity.

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A Musing Mother said...

I love the concept of sisters. Fantastic!

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Connie said...

Hi! I think I would enjoy this novel because it involves sisters. Each sister has a different personality which will really make the story line interesting. :)

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traveler said...

I find this book so appealing and wonderful. thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

This talented author writes so well and such uniqur novels. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

debbie said...

I find the same birthday idea interesting. When I was born, my mother shared a room with a woman who had a daughter on the same day. She had a famous ranch, that raised horses for rodeos. I have loved and raised many horses. I am the only person in my family interested in them. My joke has always been, that I was switched at birth.
I would love to read this book.
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Beverly said...

I would love to win a copy of this book because it sounds like a great read. Please enter me - I am an old follower - thanks for hosting!

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rhapsodyinbooks said...

I would like to read this because I think Joyce Maynard is a talented author!

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Linda Kish said...

The book takes you through the lives of these two women from childhood to around age 50. It sounds like it has the typical life's ups and downs that we all have.

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Linda Kish said...

Least favorite food...liver. Too bad she hasn't ever tried it, though. It really is good if cooked properly.

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sharon54220 said...

Family means everything to me, so I would really like to see what happens with them.

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sharon54220 said...

I think that it's neat that she goes swimming between writing chapters for a book

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petite said...

This book involving sisters always is interesting and special. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

petite said...

Joyce Maynard and her writing ability is extraordinary since her books have a certain quality. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

Esme said...

I enjoyed Labor Day so much I am sure I would enjoy this book

thanks

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Esme said...

cococroissants

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Denny, Alaska said...

Having grown up in the 1950s myself I think this would be a fascinating read! Thanks for entering my name in your giveaway.

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Denny, Alaska said...

"Swimming between chapters," sounds like a fun way to write a book!

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Margie said...

I enjoy books of family drama. The alternating stories between the two girls sounds fascinating.
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Margie said...

The author's worst habit is falling asleep in movies.
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Tore said...

I would like to read this book because it sounds very interesting and good. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

Colleen Turner said...

This book sounds fascinating! I love the premise of following these two women, born at the same time but into very different circumstances, and seeing how those circumstances change the life they live. Would love to win a copy!
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Colleen Turner said...

I saw from the author's fun facts that she cannot live without watching the TV show Weeds. I love that show as well!
Thanks,
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Colleen Turner said...

+5 swagbucks!
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justpeachy36 said...

I would like to win a copy of this book because I have heard a lot about it around the blosphere and about the author.

Please enter me in the giveaway.

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Sarah said...

I love the story line. The two woman born at the same time and thet are completly different.

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Sarah said...

I love that the tv show she can't live w/o is "Weeds". That is my new fav show lately.

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Sarah said...

I tweeted @happymama82

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Alison's Book Marks said...

I loved Joyce Maynard's Labor Day, and I would love to read The Good Daughters.

You always give away the greatest books!!

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Pamela Keener said...

Two women with the same birthday in the same hospital yet totally different. This sounds very intriguing.
Love & Hugs,
Pam
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Pamela Keener said...

Her favorite food is popcorn & she doesn't like liver even though she has never tried it.
Love & Hugs,
Pam
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Meg said...

I just finished Labor Day yesterday and LOVED it. As in, had to write my review immediately after I finished and am still thinking about that novel. I really want to read more of her work, and this one sounds fantastic.

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Meg said...

I love that Joyce Maynard said her cowboy boots are her favorite pair of shoes on the Harper Collins website. Honestly, wasn't expecting that!

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Meg said...

I posted to twitter: http://twitter.com/serendipity_bks/status/24014517905

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bison61 said...

it would be interesting to read about the birthday sisters as they live their lives and how they are intertwined

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Daisy-Pie said...

I love stories about family and everything that happens over time.

I had no idea Joyce played a small role in the movie made from her book "To Die For".

Thanks for the chance

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Daisy-Pie said...

Fun Stuff said that Joyce had a crush on James Garner.
(so did I--lol)

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nfmgirl said...

Being a daughter myself (and trying to be a "good daughter"), I would be interested in reading this book.

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nfmgirl said...

Blogged:
http://cerebralgirl.blogspot.com/2010/09/book-giveaways-in-blogworld-09-11-10.html

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nfmgirl said...

I learned her "favorite food" is popcorn

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Amy said...

I blogged about this giveaway:

http://homeofaimala.blogspot.com/2010/09/book-giveaways-happening-around.html

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sunshine9 said...

I think it will be interesting to hear/read the differences going back and forth between the 2 birthday sisters

I have the same birthday as my Dad and my daughter has the same birthday as my brother. . . .

LeAnn
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sunshine9 said...

the author wants Goldie Hawn to portray her in a movie

LeAnn/sunshine9

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rbooth43 said...

JOYCE MAYNARD books are great reads. She mentions my favorite artist Dolly Parton and draws inspriation from Dolly for her shamelessness, great writing, total originality, sense of humor, and heart.
I would love to read The Good Daughters.

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hendy said...

I love Joyce Maynard and all the books of hers I've read so far. Based on the description of this book it appears this one will be just as great. I love storylines that span across several decades and when there are two seperate narrators it feels like you get to read two books in one.
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hendy said...

I learned that Joyce Maynards favorite place is Lake Atitlan in Guatemala where she owns a home
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Bookventures said...

I really like stories that are told in alternating voices. They add more depth and understanding to a story. I think i would really enjoy this book.

Linda Henderson said...

I do enjoy reading books about friendship and family. I'm very interested in reading this book.

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Linda Henderson said...

The song that best describes her is "Brown-Eyed Girl"

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Linda Henderson said...

I tweeted this giveaway.
http://twitter.com/BookOwner/status/25086381276

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amweeks said...

I've never read anything by this author. But the storyline and characters in this story seem very interesting!

amweeks said...

I love that this author likes to swim!

amweeks said...

I tweeted! http://twitter.com/amweeks/status/25125259360

allisonsbj3 said...

I'd like to read this book because I love stories told from multiple perspectives.

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allisonsbj3 said...

I like to bake too!

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Amy said...

I would like to win this book because I think Joyce Maynard is an extremely talented writer with an extraordinary body of work. I enjoy her characters, settings and storylines and love the way she writes. I am captivated by this story about these two females who are as close as sisters but are not related, as the author calls them, Birthday sisters, with very different back grounds.

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Amy said...

Joyce Maynard is a fan of Leonard Cohen and recently she readi "Time Will Darken It" by William Maxwell, a book from the 1940's that, while reading it, she didn't want to end.

Icedream said...

I would love to read this book because I read Labor Day and fell in love with Joyce Maynard's writing. Labor Day is still in my top 5 recommended books from the past few years.

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Icedream said...

I agree with Joyce Maynard that my least favorite food is liver. It's funny that it smells so good cooking though.

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Icedream said...

I tweeted:
http://twitter.com/BloggerIcedream/status/25751891919

Icedream said...

I don't quite understand the
+5Swag works but I signed up and if I was going to use them for any giveaway it would be this one!

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Nancye said...

This book sounds interesting in that there are 2 baby girls born on same day at the same hospital. These 2 girls grow up and remain friends. It will be interesting to see the similiarities and differences in their lives.

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Nancye said...

I learned that she has a house on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. Pretty cool! My nephew was born in Guatemala.

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Nancye said...

Tweet! Tweet!
@NancyeDavis

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Christine H said...

My best habit is...
that I get up early.

Thats mine too, although I could be more productive. I just love reading first thing in the morning! Whether it's 3am like this morning for 5am I'm up! lol

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Christine H said...

I want to win this book for my mom it's right up her alley. She'd love this book! chirth7@yahoo.com

Shirley said...

This book sounds so good. I kno I'll just love it! Thanks for the contest! shundelt@yahoo.com

Shirley said...

If a movie were made of my life, I would be played by...
Goldie Hawn.

She would make a great actress for a movie about me too.

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Shirley said...

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Shirley said...

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Jeff said...

I'd like to win this for my Mother in law. jeff72768@yahoo.com

Jeff said...

A perfect day would include...
swimming, her and my wife would get along great! jeff72768@yahoo.com

Jeff said...

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