Friday, August 24, 2018

Friday Freebie: Still Life With Monkey by Katharine Weber

Congratulations to Melissa Crytzer Fry, winner of last week’s Friday Freebie: Mad Boy by Nick Arvin.

This week’s giveaway is for the new novel by Katharine Weber, Still Life With Monkey. Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage, calls it “A brilliantly crafted novel, brimming with heart.” This week, one lucky reader will win a new paperback copy of the novel. Will it be you? Keep scrolling for more information on the book and how to enter the contest.

Duncan Wheeler is a successful architect who savors the quotidian pleasures in life until a car accident leaves him severely paralyzed and haunted by the death of his young assistant. Now, Duncan isn’t sure what there is left to live for, when every day has become “a broken series of unsuccessful gestures.” Duncan and his wife, Laura, find themselves in conflict as Duncan’s will to live falters. Laura grows desperate to help him. An art conservator who has her own relationship to the repair of broken things, Laura brings home a highly trained helper monkey―a tufted capuchin named Ottoline―to assist Duncan with basic tasks. Duncan and Laura fall for this sweet, comical, Nutella-gobbling little creature, and Duncan’s life appears to become more tolerable, fuller, and funnier. Yet the question persists: Is it enough?

If you’d like a chance at winning Still Life With Monkey, 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 remains open to entries until midnight on Aug. 30, at which time I’ll draw the winning name. I’ll announce the lucky reader on Aug. 31. 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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