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Monday, August 4, 2008

Book Giveaway...Before I Wake: A Novel by Robert J. Wiersema

New Up For Grabs book giveaway:

Before I Wake: A Novel
Rober J. Wiersema
St. Martin's Press, 2007 (Hardback, not an ARC)
320 pages
I received this book from Reading Group Gold at St. Martin's Press

From Amazon: In this impressive debut, Wiersema crafts an intelligent, contemplative supernatural thriller replete with well-rounded characters, artless dialogue and a plot that, while imbued with the unexplained, develops organically, revealing its secrets at just the right pace. In the novel's opening pages, three-year-old Sherry Barrett, an only child, is rendered comatose in a hit and run accident. What follows could have been a typical thriller full of cartoonish villains and escalating peril; it also could have been a treacly fairy tale about God's miraculous healing power. Happily, Wiersema steers clear of these well-traveled roads and, by way of multiple first-person narratives, tells an engrossing story of flawed but genuinely good people who must bear up under the stress of loss, betrayal, unwarranted miracles and unconventional spiritual warfare. Particularly well-imagined is the purgatory of sorts that Henry, the truck driver, must endure after he fails to come forward after the accident. Reminiscent of Wim Wenders's film Wings of Desire, Henry's nature, longings and environs paint a poignant picture of souls in need of redemption. While some readers may find one of the novel's final revelations less original than the rest of the story, Wiersema gets nearly everything else right, and the result is an engaging, emotionally resonant read.

Contest details:
1 ~ leave a comment if you'd like to be entered in the drawing
2 ~ please be willing to pay it forward by sharing it with someone else
3 ~ please have a US or Canadian mailing address
4 ~ entry deadline: Sunday, 8/10. Winner posted Monday, 8/11

Bonus round:
1 ~ if you win this book and have linked back to either this particular giveaway or the Up For Grabs site itself I will include a $15 Amazon gift card. Please include the link in your comment.


Debbie said...

I have been wanting to read this. It isn't in my library yet. I would delighted to pass it on (isn't that the fun of books, anyway?). Thanks.

bermudaonion said...

Count me in! I always pass my books on.

robin_titan said...

i've heard of this book!! i hope to win it and be able to read it b/c i might not get around to reading it for a looong time haha

lc_intocable at yahoo.com

Julie said...

Would love to read this one, will pass it on, & it is on my blog-thanks!

Karen said...

I am SO new to this that I am still learning to set up my own blog but am so busy reading and writing reviews and sharing books...well, I shall be patient but would love to win this book before I have to go back to teaching reading for my 35th year in 11 days (not that I am counting!)and have plenty of wonderful,lovingly cared for books to be able to pass one on!
Karen (does my redroom member page count??)

Sandra said...

This book is actually on my "to be considered" list for reading!I'd love to read and review it.Besides my lit blog, I put my reviews on LibraryThing and occasionally Amazon or Powells online.And I'm registered with Bookcrossing so I am always happy to send a book to someone else who wants to read it too.

Marcia said...

Hi Karen~

Thanks for stopping by and of course your Redroom member page counts. ~ Marcia

PopinFresh said...


Please enter me in this contest, I've left a link of this at my blog also.


~ Popin

Wendy said...

Hi - sounds like a wonderful book! I've put a link to your site on my blog.

thanks, Wendy

Kimberly said...

Enter me, please!

bookroomreviews said...

Sounds good! I have you linked in my sidebar too!

Janel said...

The books sounds great. Please put me in for the drawing!

Carol said...

I would love to read this book and pass it along. Thank you!

Elouina said...

I forward all my books. Thanx for having this. :)

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good read. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks. =)

Carmen T

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