Lionel Shriver is one of the few authors I can say left an indelible and immediate mark on my reading as an adult. I remember
first seeing her book,We Need To Talk About Kevin, in an airport book store. I don’t remember where I was on my way too or from, but I remember thinking that it looked like a really interesting book on a subject that had been dominating the headlines in recent years. Surprisingly, with the way I buy books, I didn’t get it at the time, but the description stayed with me and in January of 2008 I made it my selection for book club.
All of us reading the book were stunned by many things, from the thoughtful and smart writing, to the carefully considered viewpoints and the controversial subject matter- this book offered so much in the way of food for thought that it has stayed with me over the years. So much so that when Mari and Alyce wanted to read Lionel Shriver books for That’s How I Blog! I quickly said yes to both. Mari and I will discuss Double Fault on March 16 and Alyce and I will discuss The Post Birthday World on May 18.
From New York Times bestselling author Lionel Shriver (The Post-Birthday World, We Need to Talk About Kevin), comes a searing, deeply humane novel about a crumbling marriage resurrected in the face of illness, and a family’s struggle to come to terms with disease, dying, and the obscene cost of medical care in modern America.
So now the challenge part- and where you come in! This is all so very exciting because Lionel Shriver has a new book coming out on March 9, called So Much For That, and in anticipation of that book Erica (from The Olive Reader) and I are running a small but fun challenge to help you read more Lionel Shriver and get excited (not that you weren’t already) about the new book.
Just read one book (or more!) by Lionel Shriver by March 9th. Erica and I will be giving away two copies each of each of Lionel’s back list books (listed below). All you have to do to win one of these books simply tell us why you want to read her book, or in some cases more of her books. Erica and I will calculate winners separately so you can enter here and over at her post as well to increase your chances. We’re so sweet! If you tweet or blog about it, leave another comment with the link and we’ll count that too. We will accept entries until Feb 1!
We’ll all post our reviews on March 9, and anyone posting, commenting, etc will be entered to win a copy of So Much for That (more details as we get closer to the date.)
- The Post Birthday World
- We Need to Talk About Kevin
- Double Fault
- Checker and the Derailleurs
- Female of the Species
- Game Control
- A Perfectly Good Family
I will be reading Double Fault for That’s How I Blog on March 16th! What will you read?
All books won in this challenge/giveaway will be sent by the publisher, Harper Collins. Yes this is an attempt at shameless publicity and promotion of Lionel Shriver, but she is a great writer and I enjoy her books, so sue me. No animals or people will be harmed in the making of this challenge/post.