Monday, November 8, 2010

KEEPING TIME: PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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KEEPING TIME
BY STACEY McGLYNN
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Daisy Phillips is tired of being treated like an old lady. Sure, there was that incident with the lawn mower and the mud. And she did get trapped at the top of a ladder. But that doesn’t make her incapable of living on her own, as her son Dennis seems to think. Now Dennis is pushing her to sell the family home in Liverpool and move into a retirement community. To make matters worse, her best friend is going away for the summer and the new boss at the library politely informed her that her services as a volunteer are no longer needed. Is it any wonder that Daisy is feeling distressed?

But the unflappable Daisy won’t go down without a fight. What she needs to boost her spirits is an adventure. A long-forgotten watch found in a box in the basement provides the perfect start. The watch belonged to her first love, an American soldier stationed in England during World War II. With a decades-old Brooklyn address as her only clue, Daisy embarks on a trip to New York City with plans to track him down and return the valuable keepsake, and maybe get a peek at the life she might have had.

But first there’s a haphazard family reunion, where she meets and settles in with her colorful American cousins on Long Island. Elisabeth is the harried working mother who’s engaged in a fashion battle with one of her five sons. Richard, her attorney husband, might be taking his enthusiasm for the game of darts too far. And their sullen teenage son Michael is on the brink of failing all his final exams. Though Elisabeth can barely keep up with the life she already has, she eagerly jumps on board with Daisy and her quixotic quest, determined to help Daisy find her long-lost love—an adventure that holds surprises for all involved.
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
STACEY McGLYNN lives on Long Island with her husband and three sons. She holds an MFA in screenwriting from Columbia University. Keeping Time was inspired by a real-life visit from her first-cousin-once-removed, Dot Nicholson of Liverpool, England. 
READ AN EXCERPT:
Chapter One
Come on, Mum. It’s not as if you’re being put out to pasture.” Words by Dennis. Aimed at Daisy. Tipping the evening on its side.
 
Fifty- five-year-old Dennis, sitting on the taupe linen sofa, across from the mahogany cocktail table. His new wife, Amanda, beside him, not saying a word. Dennis, leaning forward, patiently waiting to hear all the things Daisy wasn’t saying. Then, hammering on. Forcing a smile.
 
“I hope you’re not thinking that.”
 
Actually, Daisy Phillips was thinking that.
 
Smelling the grass of the pasture.
 
Feeling the tickle of the blades under her nose.
 
Searching her son’s face for some scrap of infanthood, a glimpse of childhood, a shred of adolescence. Nothing. Silly to think there might be, but Daisy was groping, thoroughly shaken.
 
Dennis, “I think, we think”— gesturing to include Amanda—“you’d really like it there. It’s crazy to go on like you’ve been.” Meaning to continue living in the house she had been born in and had inherited from her parents. The house she had spent her whole life in. Dennis, going on: “Life would be a permanent holiday.”
 
Daisy, not replying. Too prim, too proper, with an elegance, a grace that never had to be taught, a perfectly straight back that did. Ironed into her by a mother who had spent a lifetime focused on the wrong things. Daisy, staring down at her hands clasped tightly in her lap. Adjusting her ring.
 
Dennis, thrusting the colorful glossy brochure into her eye line. Daisy, turning away. Dennis, holding it there for a moment, shaking it as though it needed shaking to get her attention. Not getting a response, Dennis, sighing. Putting it on the table next to him. Saying, “You can take the brochures home with you. Look through them when you’re ready. Amanda and I think The Carillion would be perfect for you. There’s a lot more to these se nior homes than you know. At least think about it, okay?”
 
Daisy, looking at him. Meeting his eye. “I’d like to go home now.” Standing up, smoothing her pleated beige skirt over her narrow hips. Dennis, hoisting himself off the sofa. “I can take you right away if you’d like."
Go HERE to read more of this excerpt!

BOOK CLUB RESOURCES:
KEEPING TIME is a wonderful book for book clubs to read and discuss. You can go HERE to read more excerpts from the book as well as find a Reader's Guide for your book club.  
NOTE ABOUT THIS READER'S GUIDE:
In order to provide reading groups with the most informed and thought-provoking questions possible, it is necessary to reveal important aspects of the plot of this book—as well as the ending.If you have not fnished reading Keeping Time, they respectfully suggest that you may want to wait before reviewing this guide. Thanks to Scribd.com

GIVEAWAY

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121 comments:

bermudaonion said...

This book looks good to me, because I'm approaching the age when everyone will treat me like an old lady. milou2ster(at)gmail.com

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I love the idea that Daisy finds this mysterious watch and travels to America. I absolutely love the cover as well.
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I think it's awesome that although Stacey dropped out of college, she went back and pursued her degree in her mid twenties and completed it.
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This book sounds intriguing. So many layers to this book...the woman looking for a new adventure, the mystery of the watch, the relationships with the family.
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It sounds like the characters are charming and down to earth, I would love to read it.
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Hi! This book looks interesting to me. I haven't read the author before. I was surprisd that she lives in Long Island and not in England. :)

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Bethie said...

I would love to win this book. Thanks for the giveaway. I love that she wants to go on an adventure at her age and the inspiration being the found watch sounds interesting.

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Anonymous said...

I knew that I getting older when a young fellow in the Discovery Store came up to me and wanted me to look at their jukebox which was just the same as in the "olden days"! I am interested in this book because the main character has an older son than I do!
It looks good for other reasons like the trip and the Long Island relatives too.

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Christa said...

I would love to win this book! From just reading the little excerpt I wonder what kind of adventures the main character has...and if she finds her first love. I watched the author video and she seems so down to earth.

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Christa said...

I went to Stacey McGlynn's website and I love her interview under her About the Author section. She has lived a very interesting life. I also love the art work for her books cover.

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This sounds like a very fun filled and sweet novel.
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Pamela Keener said...

The author wrote many screenplays and almost never submitted them because when she got a rejection she swore she would quit writing forever. Fortunately those vows were shortlived.
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gcpeach17 said...

What an unusual storyline! I love the cover and I am very interested in finding out about the watch & if she finds her long lost love. The character sounds very interesting and I cannot wait to read it.

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I was very interested in the fact that Stacy and Dot are going to work on their family tree and find our if they are really related to Captain Kidd! And, I do agree that everyone should have a 'Dot' in their family. She sounds like a fun person.

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rubynreba said...

I'd like to read this because before you know it, I will be the old lady and I need some pointers!!
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I like where she states that everyone should have a Dot. Or be a Dot. We all need a Dot.
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This book looks so great, I will read this win if I win or not. We'll all struggle with getting "old" at some point but nothing like searching for a long lost lover to get you out of the rut.
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This books sounds so good. I love the idea of being 70 or 80 and giong to find your long lost love.
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I found her talking about where she spends her money: "Travel was what I spent my money on, after rent, of course' That something I've never done, because I'd rather save the money, and when you take a trip you can't hold anything in your hands thats worth the price of the trip, but however, I believe I'm missing out on a lot, but hope to travel when my husband retires.
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