Friday, September 7, 2012

Friday Freebie: Cascade by Maryanne O'Hara

Congratulations to Mari Kathryn Gavin, winner of last week's Friday Freebie contest, the four books which shared Fobbit's release date (September 4): Love Slave by Jennifer Spiegel, Hemingway's Girl by Erika Robuck, The Three-Day Affair by Michael Kardos, and On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson by William Souder.  Mari certainly has some quality reading time ahead of her.

This week's giveaway is Cascade, the new novel by Maryanne O'Hara from Viking which Caroline Leavitt said "unfolds like a Shakespearean tragedy, with an ending you won't see coming."  While this Fall season is crowded with promising books (see above), none holds more promise for me than Cascade.  I can't wait to pluck it from the TBR pile and sink into its pages.  Here's the plot summary:
1935: Massachusetts will soon decide whether to flood the valley town Cascade, to build a great reservoir. If Cascade is chosen, the town will be literally wiped from the maps, drowned. Desdemona Hart Spaulding is already drowning in Cascade. Before the Depression, Dez had enjoyed a privileged life—art schools, study in Paris—and was an up-and-coming Boston artist when she discovered that her dying father had lost nearly all of his wealth. She returned to Cascade and made a marriage of convenience to put a roof over his head, only to have him die within months. Now she’s married to a man who is eager for children she doesn’t want, and bound to the promise she made her father: to someday reopen his acclaimed Shakespearean theater. Her discontent is complicated by her growing attraction to Jacob Solomon, a fellow artist and kindred spirit. When she joins the fight to save Cascade from drowning, tragic events unfold, and she is forced to make difficult choices. Must she keep her promises? Is it morally possible to set herself free?

If you'd like a chance at winning a signed copy of Cascade, all you have to do is 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. 13at which time I'll draw the winning name.  I'll announce the lucky reader on Sept. 14.  If you'd like to join the mailing list for the once-a-week Quivering Pen 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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