Friday, May 23, 2014

Friday Freebie: Cutting Teeth by Julia Fierro

Congratulations to Jeanne Gassman, winner of last week's Friday Freebie, a trio of short story collections: Stay Up With Me by Tom Barbash, Train Shots by Vanessa Blakeslee, and Songs for the Deaf by John Henry Fleming.

This week's book giveaway is Cutting Teeth, the debut novel by Julia Fierro.  Regular readers of The Quivering Pen have already read about Julia's "first failure."  Now, you have the chance to win the full fruits of her success.  Cutting Teeth has only been out for a couple of weeks and it's already populating plenty of Must-Read lists (check it out!)--I know it's high in my own TBR stack and I have a feeling it's probably there in yours, too.  So what's all the fuss about?  I'm glad you asked.  Here's the publisher's synopsis:
One of the most anticipated debut novels of 2014, Cutting Teeth takes place one late-summer weekend as a group of thirty-something couples gather at a shabby beach house on Long Island, their young children in tow. Nicole, the hostess, struggles to keep her OCD behaviors unnoticed. Stay-at-home dad Rip grapples with the reality that his careerist wife will likely deny him a second child, forcing him to disrupt the life he loves. Allie, one half of a two-mom family, can't stop imagining ditching her wife and kids in favor of her art. Tiffany, comfortable with her amazing body but not so comfortable in the upper-middle class world the other characters were born into, flirts dangerously, and spars with her best friend Leigh, a blue blood secretly facing financial ruin and dependent on the magical Tibetan nanny everyone else covets. Throughout the weekend, conflicts intensify and painful truths surface. Friendships and alliances crack, forcing the house party to confront a new order. Cutting Teeth is about the complex dilemmas of early midlife—the vicissitudes of friendship, of romantic and familial love, and of sex. It’s about class tension, status hunger, and the unease of being in possession of life's greatest bounty while still wondering, is this as good as it gets? And, perhaps most of all, Julia Fierro’s warm and unpretentious debut explores the all-consuming love we feel for those we need most, and the sacrifice and compromise that underpins that love.
If you’d like a chance at winning a copy of Cutting Teeth, 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 May 29, at which time I’ll draw the winning name.  I’ll announce the lucky reader on May 30.  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).

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  1. Friday Freebie:) And I will like your Page and yes, sign me up!
    Cheers, Deb Henry

  2. Tweeted. Freebie or not, looking forward to Fierro's debut. Deborah Henry