Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday Freebie: Big Girl Small by Rachel DeWoskin

Congratulations to Thomas Baughman, winner of last week's Friday Freebie, You Can Make Him Like You by Ben Tanzer.

This week's book giveaway is the new novel by Rachel DeWoskin, Big Girl Small.  It sounds like a great plot and, judging by the first couple of pages, the titular character has a voice as distinct as classic adolescent narrators like Scout and Holden and Huck.  Here's the publisher's jacket copy:

      Judy Lohden is your above-average sixteen-year-old—sarcastic and vulnerable, talented and uncertain, full of big dreams for a big future. With a singing voice that can shake an auditorium, she should be the star of Darcy Academy, the local performing arts high school. So why is a girl this promising hiding out in a seedy motel room on the edge of town?
      The fact that the national media is on her trail after a controversy that might bring down the whole school could have something to do with it. And that scandal has something—but not everything—to do with the fact that Judy is three feet nine inches tall.
      Rachel DeWoskin remembers everything about high school: the auditions (painful), the parents (hovering), the dissection projects (compelling), the friends (outcasts), the boys (crushable), and the girls (complicated), and she lays it all out with a wit and wistfulness that is half Holden Caulfield, half Lee Fiora, Prep’s ironic heroine. Big Girl Small is a scathingly funny and moving book about dreams and reality, at once light on its feet and unwaveringly serious.

If you'd like a chance at winning a copy of Big Girl Small, all you have to do is answer this question:

What is the name of DeWoskin's memoir about her unlikely career as the star of a Chinese soap opera?  (The answer can be found at the author's website)

Email your answer to

Put FRIDAY FREEBIE in the e-mail subject line.   One entry per person, please.   Please e-mail me the answer, rather than posting it in the comments section.   Despite its name, the Friday Freebie runs all week long and remains open to entries until midnight on June 30--at which time I'll draw the winning name.   I'll announce the lucky reader on July 1.

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