Friday, September 2, 2011

Friday Freebie: True Things About Me by Deborah Kay Davies

Congratulations to Libby Kessman, the winner of last week's Friday Freebie: Safe from the Sea by Peter Geye.

This week's book giveaway is the novel True Things About Me by Deborah Kay Davies which is making its appearance here in the U.S. after being published in the U.K. last year.  The book is a short, blistering excursion into sex in its various forms.  Trezza Azzopardi called it "The Bell Jar for the twenty-first century."  Here's the publisher's blurb:
One ordinary afternoon in a nameless town, a nameless young woman is at work in a benefits office. Ten minutes later, she is in an underground parking lot, slammed up against a wall, having sex with a stranger. What made her do this? How can she forget him? These are questions the young woman asks herself as she charts her deepening erotic obsession with painful, sometimes hilarious precision. With the crazy logic and hallucinatory clarity of an exhilarating, terrifying dream, told in chapters as short and surprising as snapshots, True Things About Me hurtles through the terrain of sexual obsession and asks what it is to know oneself and to test the limits of one’s desires.
Lionel Shriver, author of We Need to Talk About Kevin, had this to say about True Things About Me: "Brutal, funny, and exerting the sick fascination of watching a train wreck. One of those rare novels that is genuinely about sex, in all its irrationality and potential for self-destruction."

If you'd like a chance at winning a copy of True Things About Me, all you have to do is answer this question:

Which of Davies' books won the Wales Book of the Year Award in 2009?  (The answer can be found at this Bookslut interview, among other places)

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 Sept. 8--at which time I'll draw the winning name.  I'll announce the lucky reader on Sept. 9.

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