Sunday, September 5, 2010

TESTIMONY: A GIVEAWAY FOR YOU!

GIVEAWAY
TESTIMONY

BY ANITA SHREVE

ABOUT THE BOOK:

A sex scandal at a New England boarding school unleashes a storm of shame and recrimination throughout the small community. A chorus of voices--those of the men, women, and teenagers involved--details the events of that night and their aftermath. Writing with a pace and intensity surpassing even her own greatest work, Anita Shreve brings us a gripping emotional drama with the impact of a thriller. No one more compellingly explores the impulses that drive ordinary people into intolerable dilemmas, or the ways in which lives can be derailed or destroyed in one foolish moment.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

ANITA SHREVE began writing fiction while working as a high school teacher. Although one of her first published stories, "Past the Island, Drifting," was awarded an O. Henry Prize in 1975, Shreve felt she couldn't make a living as a fiction writer so she became a journalist. She traveled to Africa, and spent three years in Kenya, writing articles that appeared in magazines such as Quest, US, and Newsweek. Back in the United States, she turned to raising her children and writing freelance articles for magazines. Shreve later expanded two of these articles — both published in the New York Times Magazine — into the nonfiction books Remaking Motherhood and Women Together, Women Alone. At the same time Shreve also began working on her first novel, Eden Close. With its publication in 1989, she gave up journalism for writing fiction full time, thrilled, as she says, with "the rush of freedom that I could make it up."

Since Eden Close Anita Shreve has written eleven other novels: Strange Fits of Passion, Where or When, Resistance, The Weight of Water, The Pilot's Wife, Fortune's Rocks, The Last Time They Met, Sea Glass, All He Ever Wanted, Light on Snow, A Wedding in December and, most recently, Body Surfing. In 1998 Shreve received the PEN/L. L. Winship Award and the New England Book Award for fiction.

PRAISE FOR THE BOOK:

Back in October of 2008, Anita Shreve's novel, TESTIMONY, was published. It is the bestseller about a scandal at an exclusive private school that unleashes a storm of shame and recrimination throughout the small community.

TESTIMONY that has been widely praised as one of Shreve's most compulsively readable works of fiction is just out this week in the mass market paperback edition, and I get to offer my followers a chance at a 5-copy giveaway.

Cosmopolitan's John Searles recommended Anita Shreve's TESTIMONY on the Weekend Today Show "Great Fall Books" segment, saying that it has a narrative pace of a thriller "that would shock even the folks over at Gossip Girl."

"Shreve arrows in on many targets…as she flawlessly weaves a tale that is mesmerizing, hypnotic, and compulsive. No one walks away unscathed, and that includes the reader." —Library Journal (STARRED review) "Shreve's novels benefit from propulsive plots, and [TESTIMONY] does not lack in this regard. Her character delineation is astute and the novel's moral questions…are salient. The novel is clever." —Publishers Weekly

GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO BRIANNE AND MY FRIENDS
AT THE HACHETTE BOOK GROUP,
I HAVE FIVE COPIES OF THIS
EXCITING CLASSIC MYSTERY
TO GIVE AWAY!


THE RULES:

--U.S. AND CANADIAN RESIDENTS ONLY
--NO P. O. BOXES, PLEASE
--INCLUDE EMAIL ADDRESS IN COMMENT
--ALL ENTRIES/COMMENTS MUST BE
SEPARATE IN ORDER TO COUNT
AS MORE THAN ONE ENTRY



HOW TO ENTER

+1 ENTRY: COMMENT ON WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT TESTIMONY FROM WHAT YOU READ ABOVE AND WHY YOU WOULD LIKE TO WIN A COPY.

+1 MORE ENTRY: BLOG OR TWEET ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY AND COME BACK AND LEAVE A LINK

+1 MORE ENTRY: GO TO THE ANITA SHREVE WEBSITE HERE WHERE YOU CAN LOOK AROUND AND THEN COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FIND INTERESTING LIKE ONE OF HER BOOKS YOU HAVE READ OR ONE YOU MIGHT WANT TO READ.

GIVEAWAY ENDS AT
6 PM, EST, SEPTEMBER 19!

GOOD LUCK!

53 comments:

debbie said...

I think it sounds like an interesting book, where one person that does something touches many lives. I would like to read it.
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Steve Capell said...

I am always interested in thrillers and with this book being characterized as a being a border line thriller sounds interesting. I am amazed how all walks of life are being riddled with sex scandals. The rich "Tiger Woods" ... politicians after politicians ... and it has even pervaded our churches. It's no wonder that there are many books that have been written about sexual scandals. I doubt that this book would be one that I would like to read so I am not throwing my name into the hat, but I did want to comment on this subject.

Tea said...

I adore Anita Shreve's novels. I've read Eden Close. I can only remember loving that book. I would like to read Testimony because of the many voices speaking out about one particular night. Surely, each person will see that night differently. I would like to read and hear the different thoughts.

teakettle58(at)yahoo(dot)com

Just the other day I placed The Weight of Water on my TBR pile. I am a fan of Anita Shreve.

Tea said...

I have put the Browse Inside The Book in my sidebar. I also tweeted from Jungleorchid about the Giveaway.

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Tea said...

I love Anita Shreve's website. I didn't know she had once taught high school. I also discovered her facebook page. I've already made one visit.

Amy said...

I would love to read this book. I love Anita Shreve's books. I love books set in New England and especially those that deal with close knit communities or boarding schools.

avennett AT verizon DOT net

Linda said...

The idea of a New England boarding school for the setting of this novel is intriguing. Though very different, I'm sure, it reminds me of a popular YA novel, A Separate Peace, much talked about when I was a HS librarian several decades ago. Thanks for the giveaway.
lcbrower40(at)gmail(dot)com

Amy said...

I visited her web site. I love most the pics. I recall enjoying the Weight of Water. In fact, I just watched the movie again the other night.

avennett AT verizon DOT net

Linda said...

I went to the Anita Shreve web site and in looking at the covers of her novels, I clicked on The Last Time They Met, strictly because the cover and the title appealed to me. And then it turns out that the main characters are named Linda (that's also my name) and Thomas (the name of my late husband) - what a coincidence. I'd love to read that book.
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Anonymous said...

I enjoy books set in schools. Also this reads like a thriller, my favorite genre.

monagarg@yahoo.com

clenna said...

The book sounds fast paced, which I like. I usually like mysteries but this sounds like it's an emotional mystery and I'd love to read it.

clenna at aol dot com

clenna said...

I found it interesting that Anita says she had many many rejections for her short stories. The message here is keep trying. We all need to hear that.

clenna at aol dot com

Anonymous said...

I read that she is married to a man she met when she was 13.

I have always wanted to read one of her books. The prize in this giveaway, Testimony and Strange Fits of Passion look really good.

monagarg@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

"Gripping emotional drama" is enough for me to ache for this book.


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Anonymous said...

It is interesting to me that Anita Shreve wrote a check for the cost of the book when a woman complained to her that she did not like the ending!

CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

petite said...

Thanks for this interesting giveaway. the story sounds intriguing. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

petite said...

I have read many wonderful books by this author. Resistance was my favorite. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

Tore said...

I would love to read this books. Sounds like a very good thriller. Please enter me in contest. I am a follower. Tore923@aol.com

Amy said...

Anita Shreve is one of my favorite authors. I am intrigued about this book because of reviews that it's fast-paced and has the "impact of a thriller". It sounds different than many of her books and because I enjoy a good suspense story I definitely want to read this book by Shreve!

Amy said...

I think its fascinating that Anits Shreve lived in Nairobi, Kenya for 3 years and worked as a journalist for an African magazine!

I would ultimately like to read all of her books but right now, in addition to Testimony, Resistance and Strange Fits of Passion interest me quite a bit. I hope I'll get to read them soon!

Aimala127 AT gmail DOT com

Linda Kish said...

This sounds like a fast paced page-turner that could keep my attention.

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Linda Kish said...

I read The Pilot's Wife and loved it.

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Sarah said...

I think that is sounds like such a great read. Especially after reading the description"gripping emotional drama with the impact of a thriller"

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Sarah said...

I tweeted it @happymama82

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Sarah said...

I would love to read her novel "A wedding in December"

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Denny, Alaska said...

I read "The Weight of Water" some years ago and was quite impressed by the author's style. I'm hoping that this book will equal that mark! Please count me in; thanks!

denny(dot)gill(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

This novel sounds compelling and thrilling. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

I have read her book which always appealed to me. Especially so Light on Snow. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

justpeachy36 said...

This sounds like a very gripping novel. I always find it interesting to see how people in a community respond when something bad happens. I look forward to reading this one.

Please enter me in the giveaway.

justpeachy36@yahoo.com

justpeachy36 said...

I went Anita's website and looked at the other books she has written. I think I would like to read, Change in Attitude, where a British couple spends time in Kenya. Looks like a great book.

justpeachy36@yahoo.com

Charleydog said...

The storyline for this book is my life philosophy: Think before you act because one moment's lapse can have severe repercussions.

Please enter my name in the giveaway for the book. Thanks!

pboylecharley AT hotmail DOT com

gcpeach17 said...

First, I love the cover. Covers do attract me to books, so with me, unless someone suggests it, I am 1st drawn by the cover. Testimony sounds like a very intersting book. The subject is intriguing because of where it happens. I am very much looking forward to reading this book. I hope I can win a copy.

gcpeach17 at aol dot com

gcpeach17 said...

I very much enjoyed her website! I found it interestin that 'Resistance' was about a fallen B-17 & her husband's Father was the real life pilot. How sad. I too found it interesting that 'The Pilot's Wife' was on Opra's Book Club. And, I would love to read 'The Weight of Water' I missed the movie and the name has pigued my interest as well as the pics she had on the website.

gcpeach17 at aol dot com

Little Tesoro said...

I would love to enter. I love Anita Shreve. I like the setting of New England in this book and the fact it is paced as a thriller.

Thanks.

lisa.2713 at gmail dot com

Beverly said...

This sounds like a great read. I work in a small town school (although it is a public school) and I really enjoy thrillers! Please enter me!

bsharp88@gmail.com

Beverly said...

I am an old follower -

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Pamela Keener said...

I love "The Pilot's Wife" after being introduced via Oprah's book club. I celebrate Oprah for expanding my reading. This book sounds like my cuppa te. I love suspense.
Love & Hugs,
Pam
pk4290(at)comcast(dot)net

Bethie said...

I would love to win this. A sex scandel at a boarding school and the effects on the town sound compelling.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Bethie said...

I have read Change in Altitude and loved it, Body Surfing is in my TBR pile.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Andrea I said...

I would love it read this as it sounds like an interesting story. I like that it includes the voices of all those involved.

andrea.infinger@gmail.com

Andrea I said...

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Andrea I said...

I've never read anything by Anita, but Wedding in December looked interesting to me.

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bison61 said...

a scandal in a boarding school-that sounds exciting

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madwoman-doing-cartwheels said...

I want to win this book because I am a huge fan of Anita.Her books are all sly and full of surprises.

rubymoonstone at gmail dot com

madwoman-doing-cartwheels said...

Strange Fits of Passion was the first Shreve novel I read. I'd highly recommend it. I get so wrapped up in her characters.

rubymoonstone at gmail dot com

Jolee said...

Well, I learrned that Testimony was written by Anita Shreve which makes it a winner with me already! :-) joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net

PoCoKat said...

Sounds like an good read.

Would love to win!

littleone AT shaw DOT ca

Amy said...

I blogged about this giveaway here:

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

Aimala127 AT gmail DOT com

rbooth43 said...

Anita Shreve's novel, TESTIMONY, the bestseller about a scandal at an exclusive private school that unleashes a storm of shame and recrimination throughout the small community tells me that this book is a must read. Anita Shreve is one of my favorite authors.

rbooth43(at)yahoo(dot)com

amweeks said...

This sounds like one of those books I wouldn't want to put down until I was done!

amweeks said...

I tweeted! http://twitter.com/amweeks/status/24880264058

amweeks said...

I find it very interesting that Shreve traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, where she lived for three years, working as a journalist for an African magazine!

weeziestoy said...

From the comments...Anita was born to write....Testimony sounds interesting....I would love to win the book....

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