Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday Freebie: I Refuse by Per Petterson

Congratulations to Tisa Houck, winner of last week’s Friday Freebie giveaway: Lions, the new novel by Bonnie Nadzam.

This week’s book contest is for I Refuse by Per Petterson. As a long-time fan of the Norwegian novelist’s work, I’m very happy to be giving away a paperback copy of this book, released earlier this year by Graywolf Press. As TIME magazine notes, “Reading a Petterson novel is like falling into a northern landscape paintingall shafts of light and clear palpable chill.” Read on for more information about I Refuse from the publisher’s website...

Per Petterson’s hotly anticipated new novel, I Refuse, is the work of an internationally acclaimed novelist at the height of his powers. In Norway the book has been a huge bestseller, and rights have already been sold into sixteen countries. In his signature spare style, Petterson weaves a tale of two men whose accidental meeting one morning recalls their boyhood thirty-five years ago. Back then, Tommy was separated from his sisters after he stood up to their abusive father. Jim was by Tommy’s side through it all. But one winter night, a chance event on a frozen lake forever changed the balance of their friendship. Now Jim fishes alone on a bridge as Tommy drives by in a new Mercedes, and it’s clear their fortunes have reversed. Over the course of the day, the life of each man will be irrevocably altered. I Refuse is a powerful, unforgettable novel, and its publication is an event to be celebrated.

If you’d like a chance at winning I Refuse, simply email your name and mailing address to

Put FRIDAY FREEBIE in the e-mail subject line. Please include your mailing address in the body of the e-mail. One entry per person, please. Despite its name, the Friday Freebie runs all week long and remains open to entries until midnight on July 28, at which time I’ll draw the winning name. I’ll announce the lucky reader on July 29. 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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