I’m super excited to offer up two new books for one lucky reader!
SMALL MERCIES by Eddie Joyce
WHY WE CAME TO THE CITY by Kristopher Jansma
Named Martha Stewart Living’s book club pick, Eddie Joyce’s debut novel SMALL MERCIES (Penguin Paperback; on sale February 9th) is the kind of book that will remind you why you love reading. Set on Staten Island (the most forgotten borough in NYC), it’s is a touching and familiar story about that most complicated and essential group–family.
An ingeniously layered narrative, told over the course of one week, Small Mercies masterfully depicts an Italian-Irish American family and their complicated emotional history. Ten years after the loss of Bobby—the Amendola family’s youngest son—everyone is still struggling to recover from the firefighter’s unexpected death. Bobby’s mother Gail; his widow Tina; his older brothers Peter, the corporate lawyer, and Franky, the misfit; and his father Michael have all dealt with their grief in different ways. But as the family gathers together for Bobby Jr.’s birthday party, they must each find a way to accept a new man in Tina’s life while reconciling their feelings for their lost loved one.
WHY WE CAME TO THE CITY (Viking; on sale: February 16th), which has already been named one of 2016’s most anticipated books by Chicago Tribune, The Millions, Brooklyn Magazine, and Bustle, is an elegant and deeply moving meditation on friendship.
With incredible magnetism, Jansma—author of the critically acclaimed novel The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards—chronicles the trials of a tightly knit group of twentysomethings, taking on post–9/11 New York City in the midst of the 2008 economic meltdown. When we first meet Irene, William, George, Sara, and Jacob, they have been in New York nearly five years. They are overworked, underpaid, and trapped in coffin-sized apartments. Yet somehow, through the bug infestations, the boozy late nights, and myriad uncomfortable dates, they have stuck together, ambitious young professionals on the verge of something bigger. None of them, however, imagined that that something could be a death that would tug at the very fabric between them until it nearly unspools.
To win SMALL MERCIES by Eddie Joyce & WHY WE CAME TO THE CITY by Kristopher Jansma, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Joyce & Jansma” as the subject. You must include your U.S. street address in your email.
All entries must be received by February 14, 2016. One name will be drawn from all qualified entries and notified via email. This contest is open to all adults over 18 years of age in the United States only. Your books will be sent by the publisher.
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