This week, I’m giving away a copy of Sheila Heti’s, Ticknor, which was nominated for the LBC Read This! selection (but lost out to Jean-Philippe Toussaint’s Television, translated by Jordan Stump.) Of Heti’s short novel, Mark Sarvas writes:
Unlike the real-life Ticknor, this one is an embittered also-ran, full of plans and intentions never realized, always alive to the fashionable whispers behind his back. Heti seamlessly inhabits Ticknor’s fussy 19th-century diction with a feat of virtuoso ventriloquism that puts one in mind of The Remains of the Day. Heti’s Ticknor would be insufferable if he weren’t so funny, and in the end, the black humor brings a leavening poignancy to this brief tale. But don’t let the size fool you — this 109-page first novel is small but scarcely slight; it is as dense and textured as a truffle.
You know how it works: The first person to send me an email with the subject line “Ticknor” gets the free copy. Please include your mailing address. Previous winners excluded.
Update The winner is Danielle L. from Ann Arbor, Michigan.