Friday, July 26, 2013

Friday Freebie: Ballistics by D. W. Wilson

Congratulations to Kelly Dolson, winner of last week's Friday Freebie: The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer and Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer.

This week's book giveaway is Ballistics, the new debut novel by D. W. Wilson (author of the story collection Once You Break a Knuckle). Here's more about the book from the publisher:
It is summer and the Canadian Rockies are on fire.  As the forests blaze, Alan West heads into their shadows, returning from university to his grandfather's home in the remote Kootenay Valley, where the man who raised him has suffered a heart attack.  Confronting his own mortality, the tough and taciturn Cecil West has a dying request for his grandson: track down the father Alan has never known so that the old man can make peace with him.  And so Alan begins his search for the elusive Jack West, a man who skipped town before his son could walk and of whom his grandfather has always refused to speak.  His quest will lead him to Archer, an old American soldier who decades ago went AWOL across the border into Canada.  Archer has been carrying a heavy burden for many years, and through him Alan learns the stories of two broken families who came together, got too close, and then fell apart in tragic ways.  Ballistics is a remarkable first novel, about family ties and the wounds that can linger for generations when those relationships are betrayed.
If you'd like a chance at winning Ballistics, 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 Aug. 1, at which time I'll draw the winning name.  I'll announce the lucky reader on Aug. 2.  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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