Congratulations to Yvonne Jefferson, winner of last week's Friday Freebie contest: The Bully of Order by Brian Hart and The Big Crowd by Kevin Baker.
Emily St. John Mandel collection, in honor of her new novel Station Eleven. The Millions calls it "her best, most ambitious work yet." This week's book bundle features her earlier work published by Unbridled Books. Two winners will each receive the following novels: Last Night in Montreal, The Singer's Gun and The Lola Quartet. While Station Eleven isn't included in the prize package, I urge everyone to walk, run, drive, fly, swim, crawl or pogo-stick to the nearest bookstore and pick up a copy. By the way, this Friday Freebie is brought to you courtesy of the great Greg Michalson, co-publisher at Unbridled Books, who generously provided the box o' books for the giveaway. (Thanks, Greg!) Here's more information about the trio of novels going out to this week's lucky readers:
” (Jason Rice, Three Guys One Book)
” Here's what goes down in the novel:
Everyone Anton Waker grew up with is corrupt. His parents deal in stolen goods and his first career is a partnership venture with his cousin Aria selling forged passports and social security cards to illegal aliens. Anton longs for a less questionable way of living in the world and by his late twenties has reinvented himself as a successful middle manager. Then a routine security check suggests that things are not quite what they appear. And Aria begins blackmailing him to do one last job for her. But the seemingly simple job proves to have profound and unexpected repercussions.More praise: “The Singer's Gun begins like a straightforward crime thriller...But Emily St. John Mandel's novel is something far rarer than this classic noir opening suggests. She introduces us to haunted, often fugitive individuals stranded in places from New York to Italy, from the past to the present. And her book strikes a perfect balance between introspection and action...an eminently satisfying thriller.” (The Washington Post)
If you’d like a chance at winning all three books, 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 Sept. 11, at which time I’ll draw the winning name. I’ll announce the lucky reader on Sept. 12. 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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