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Book Giveaway- Ludmilla Petrushevskaya!

February 22, 2013

There Once Lived a GirlI’m hosting a book giveaway courtesy of the folks at Penguin Books. It’s for There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister’s Husband, and He Hanged Himself: Love Stories by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya. The New Yorker said it’s “A revelation–like reading late-Tolstoy fables, with all of the master’s directness and brutal authority, but set in an alternative reality which has a just-recognizable Soviet bleakness. A wonderful book.” The NYT called it “Arresting…Incantatory…Timeless and troubling…”

SYNOPSIS: ‘THERE ONCE LIVED A GIRL …’ is made up of seventeen fables of marriage, courtship, sex, and love: the office one-night stand that creates a baby; the awkward tryst in a communal apartment; the responsible father chased away from his family by an insane and jealous wife; and the unremarkable and predictable souls who find they have drifted inevitably into union. Romance, violence, infidelity, tenderness—Petrushevskaya has compiled all of those great narrative traditions into an elegant and macabre collection of stories that show just why she is Russia’s preeminent contemporary fiction writer.’

If you’d like a chance to win a copy of There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister’s Husband, and He Hanged Himself: Love Stories, just email your name and mailing address to Unfortunately, you must reside in the U.S.

Put Giveaway in the e-mail subject line.  One entry per person, please.  Your chance of winning increases if you leave a comment or Like the post. I’ll accept entries until midnight on February 24, 2013—at which time I’ll draw the winning name. Your email address and other personal information will never be sold or given to a third party except in those instances where the publisher requires a mailing address for sending giveaway winners copies of the book.

Congrats to winners Jim and Deborah!


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    Diane, Have to think if a woman seduces a man and shortly thereafter he hangs himself, the seduction could not rightly be called a success. Or am I missing something? Hope you and Mr. Bob have a good week-end. Warm Regards, Jim

  2. I heard about this book on NPR. It sounds fascinating. Thank you for reminding me of it.

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