Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Book Give Away!

As promised, it is book give away day today! I have an advanced reading copy of Monica Ali's new book Alentejo Blue. The book is due out in June and you could be the first one on your block to read it! From the back of the book:

In Alentejo blue, Ali tells the story of a village community in Portugal as it adapts to a new world. She writes from the viewpoint of expatriates, tourists, and men and women whose families have lived there for generations. Everyone is waiting for something to happen. They gather in Vasco's cafe or the new Internet place where the computers don't work. Teresa, not yet twenty, is meant to marry a suitable man from the village but wants to see the world. She worries about her younger brother, who's fallen in with Ruby Potts, the promiscuous daughter of an unseemly couple. Stanton, the English writer trying to finish his book, can't stay away from the Potts girl or her mother. With extraordinary insight and compassion, Ali introduces the struggles and longings of these characters, and their colliding, entangled lives
Since this is an advanced reading copy, it is paperback and does not have the to-be-published cover art on it. Instead, the cover has a picture of Ali and short blurbs about the book. If you would like to be entered into a drawing to win (everyone is eligible, you don't have to live in the United States), leave a comment that includes the title of your favorite book by a woman author under the age of 45. Tomorrow morning I will put everyone's name in a hat and draw the winner. Good luck!