Friday, December 27, 2013

Friday Freebie: A True Novel by Minae Mizumura

Congratulations to Brett Kruger, winner of last week's Friday Freebie: Best of Books by the Bed #1 and We Wanted to be Writers.

Are you a fan of Wuthering Heights?  Then this week's book giveaway will get your Brontë spidey-sense tingling.  Enter to win A True Novel by Minae Mizumura, which was released in the U.S. in November by Other Press.  I have a handsome copy of the novel, which comes in two softcover volumes in a slipcase, to give away to one lucky reader.

Here's more about the book from the publisher: A remaking of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights set in postwar Japan, A True Novel begins in New York in the 1960s, where we meet Taro, a relentlessly ambitious Japanese immigrant trying to make his fortune. Flashbacks and multilayered stories reveal his life: an impoverished upbringing as an orphan, his eventual rise to wealth and success—despite racial and class prejudice—and an obsession with a girl from an affluent family that has haunted him all his life.  A True Novel then widens into an examination of Japan’s westernization and the emergence of a middle class.  The winner of Japan’s prestigious Yomiuri Literature Prize, Mizumura has written a beautiful novel, with love at its core, that reveals, above all, the power of storytelling.

If you’d like a chance at winning A True Novel, simply email your name and mailing address to

Put FRIDAY FREEBIE in the e-mail subject line.  One entry per person, please.  Despite its name, the Friday Freebie runs all week long and remains open to entries until midnight on Jan. 2, at which time I’ll draw the winning name.  I’ll announce the lucky reader on Jan. 3.  If you’d like to join the mailing list for the once-a-week newsletter, simply add the words “Sign me up for the newsletter” in the body of your email.  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 Friday Freebie winners copies of the book).

Want to double your odds of winning?  Get an extra entry in the contest by posting a link to this webpage on your blog, your Facebook wall or by tweeting it on Twitter.  Once you’ve done any of those things, send me an additional e-mail saying “I’ve shared” and I’ll put your name in the hat twice.

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