Writers ask writers: October book giveaway
This month, my writing group is giving away a pack of TWELVE books to one winner in Australia. Each of us is giving away a copy of our latest published book, as well as a copy of a book that inspired it.
From me, the winner will receive a copy of Fractured and a copy of one of the books that gave me inspiration: We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver.
I read We Need To Talk About Kevin when it first came out, almost ten years ago now! I can still remember how it felt when I started reading it: I had a strong sense of foreboding, of unease, yet I was compelled to read on. I loved how Shriver captured the nuances of marital relationships and parenting and how she brought up some taboo feelings that many people could relate to. The subject matter was horrific, and made even more so by the way she chose to be quite blunt and realistic in the way she wrote. This book didn’t have a Hollywood ending to make it more palatable. There are other books on similar subjects (such as Jodi Picoult’s Nineteen Minutes) but they weren’t as confronting (to me, at least) because they didn’t seem to capture the realism in the way that Shriver did.
I saw her talk about this book years ago at Sydney Writers Festival and I remember the audience gasping when she told us that it had been turned down by dozens of publishers before someone decided to take a chance on it. At that time, I had the premise for Fractured in my mind but one of the many excuses I kept making to stop myself from writing it is that I didn’t think anyone would want to to read about such a confronting subject. But I saw by the huge success of We Need To Talk About Kevin is that lots of people are willing to read things that make them feel emotional or uncomfortable.
The other books in the pack are:
How To Be A Good Wife by Emma Chapman and her choice, The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Elemental by Amanda Curtin and her choice, Tirra Lirra By The River by Jessica Anderson
Shallow Breath by Sara Foster and her choice, The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony
If I Should Lose You by Natasha Lester and her choice, The Year Of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
Whiskey Charlie Foxtrot by Annabel Smith, and her choice, The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith
How to enter
This giveaway is valued at over $300 and you can enter HERE. Good luck!
*postage only within Australia