Congratulations to Michael Cooper, winner of last week's Friday Freebie: Shambles and On the Outskirts of Normal by Debra Monroe.
This week, I have another two-fer deal for you: The Music Lesson and True Confections by Katharine Weber. She's generously donated--and signed!--paperback copies of these novels to one lucky winner and it's as sweet a deal as the candy factory at the heart of True Confections. Weber's new book, The Memory of All That: George Gershwin, Kay Swift, and My Family's Legacy of Infidelities, will be released next Tuesday and this would be a good chance to catch up on her novels (she's also published Triangle, The Little Women, and Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear) before reading her memoir which focuses on her "powerful, talented, but troubled family" (Publishers Weekly).
Lies, half-truths and unreliable narrators are at the heart of nearly everything Weber writes and nowhere is that more evident than the two novels up for grabs this week. Briefly, here are the publisher's blurbs for The Music Lesson (1998) and True Confections (2010). [For what it's worth, I've always loved the title of the latter book for its play on the tabloid magazine True Confessions; as readers quickly find out, the truth is a highly subjective thing when filtered through the novel's narrator, Alice Ziplinsky.]
If you would like a chance to win The Music Lesson and True Confections (both of which have been autographed by the author on the title page), all you have to is answer this question:
Which relative of Weber's produced the first movie with smells, the regrettable flop that was Aromarama? (Visit Weber's website to find the answer)
Email your answer to email@example.com
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 July 21--at which time I'll draw the winning name. I'll announce the lucky reader on July 22.