Category: goodies to go
This week, I’m giving away a copy of Yasmina Khadra’s The Attack, translated by John Cullen. The novel is about a Palestinian-Israeli surgeon named Amin Jaafari, who is on duty when victims of a suicide bombing are brought in to the emergency room. Among the dead and dismembered, he discovers the body of his wife, and learns that she played a crucial role in the attack. The book has received two reviews in the New York Times, one by Janet Maslin, the other by Lorraine Adams, and is sure to get more attention from the media. For my money, though, the best review I’ve read of Khadra’s work appeared a couple of years ago in the London Review of Books. Check it out.
The third person to correctly answer this question gets the book: What is Yasmina Khadra’s real name? Please use the subject line “The Attack” in your email. And please include your street address. Previous winners excluded. Update: The winner is Richard G. from Brooklyn, New York.
This week, I’m giving away a copy of Etgar Keret’s The Nimrod Flipout, translated by Miriam Schlesinger and Sondra Silverston. It’s a collection of thirty of Keret’s short stories, including the bizarre and wonderful “Fatso,” which you can listen to here, read by Ira Glass.
You know how it works: The first person to send me an email with the subject line, “Nimrod” gets the book. Please include your mailing address. Previous winners excluded, of course.
Update: The winner is Michael T. from Amherst, New York.
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.
I met Cristina Henriquez at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference last year, and we’ve been in touch since. Having read a couple of her stories, I was eagerly awaiting the release of her first collection, Come Together, Fall Apart. (Henriquez is now on the road, promoting the book; you should try and make it to one of her readings. ) This week, I’d like to give away a copy of this lovely collection, to the first reader who correctly answers this question: What is the title of the novella included in this debut? Please include your mailing address. Previous winners excluded.
Update: The winner is Amanda R. from Cookeville, Tennessee.