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Win a Copy of Accidents of Marriage, Out in Paperback Today!

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AccidentsJust in time for the summer beach-read season, Randy Susan Meyers’ best-selling Accidents of Marriage was released today in paperback–and we have a copy to give away to you! Be in the running to win it by Tweeting us your favorite spot to read in the summertime.

No photos needed. Words will do. But please tell us! Is your favorite summertime reading place the beach? Your porch? Sprawled out on the grass? Or maybe it’s rocking in a canoe. Enter our Accidents of Marriage contest by Tweeting @LitNewEngland. Deadline is midnight tonight.

When Accidents of Marriage was first released in hardcover, we featured Randy on the Oct. 27, 2014 episode of the Literary New England Radio Show. Listen to that show here in the Literary New England Radio Show archives, which in addition to Randy features interviews with Gregory Maguire on Egg & Spoon, Laird Hunt on Neverhome and Anne Girard on Madame Picasso.

Those, like Randy, who live in the Boston area can see her in person tomorrow night. At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, she and E.B. Moore, author of the novel An Unseemly Wife, will appear at Author’s Night at Stellina Restaurant, 47 Main St., Watertown, Mass.

A finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award, Randy is the author of three novels, including The Comfort of Lies and The Murderer’s Daughters. Accidents of Marriage received a starred review from Kirkus and was a People weekly pick, among other recognitions. In it, “Meyers deftly deploys a large cast of major and minor characters in telling this complex story,” wrote the Boston Globe. “Her painstaking description of both emotional abuse and brain injury are impressive. Accidents of Marriage isn’t for anyone who insists on happy endings, but it rewards readers in deeply satisfying ways.”

Good luck to all who enter our giveaway, and congratulations Randy! Hope you enjoy Accidents of Marriage‘s paperback rebirth today!

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Review: Girl in the Moonlight a Luminous Novel

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Girl In the MoonlightIt’s clear why Charles Dubow’s Girl in the Moonlight is on so many summer reading lists: The story is passionate and engrossing; the writing simple, yet superb.

The novel tells the story of Wylie Rose who, at 9 years old, falls in love with Cesca Bonet–an impossibly beautiful, rich and incandescent girl a few years older. As teenagers, the two become lovers at her family’s summer home in East Hampton. But while Wylie wants forever, Cesca wants only freedom. As their paths cross and affair continues on and off over several decades, Cesca flees whenever Wylie’s passion becomes too constricting. Yet despite being hurt by Cesca time and again, Wylie’s devotion and desire never wanes. Instead, it flames into obsession, ruining him for other women (including the daughter of a count) and causing him to doubt his choices and his path.

A friendship with Cesca’s brother, an emerging painter named Aurelio, brings Wylie in and out of both Cesca’s life and the world of art. Painting plays a major role in the story as, through Aurelio, Wylie meets great artists and even gives a go at painting himself, attempting to live as an artist in New York City. In an interview with BookReporter, Dubow talks about his relationship with art, including how Goya’s Naked Maja and Manet’s Olympia inspired how he created and shaped Cesca: “There is an element of sensuality in the former and frankness in the latter, which I think sums up much of Cesca’s personality and the impact she has on people.”

Naked Maja, Goya
Naked Maja, Goya
Olympia, Manet
Olympia, Manet

“Sensual” is a great word to describe Girl in the Moonlight. Fans of Dubow’s debut novel, Indiscretion, won’t find the kind of R-rated sex that appeared there. Girl in the Moonlight is more PG or PG-13. But its sensuality is no less provocative and compelling. In fact, on many levels, it’s more real.

Not everyone will experience the kind of erotic passion that characters Claire and Harry do in Indiscretion. (Though how fabulous if we all did!) But the longing Wylie feels for Cesca–his ability, against reason, to move on and let go–is one that most of us have experienced, whether for a lover, a place, a talent or other desire that’s taken hold of our dreams and heart.

IndiscretionPeopled with engaging and poignant characters, Girl in the Moonlight takes readers from the wooded cottages of old East Hampton, to the dining rooms of Upper East Side Manhattan, to the bohemian art studios of Paris and Barcelona. As Kirkus wrote in its review, “Dubow offers a heady, intoxicating tale, and young Wylie’s journey to manhood is a memorable one.”

Charles Dubow will be one of our guests on the Monday, June 15, Literary New England Radio Show. Girl in the Moonlight will be among our giveaways that evening, as will Sy Montgomery’s The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness and Jean Zimmerman’s Savage Girl. The show will feature interviews with all three of these authors and, while listening, you’ll have the chance to Tweet or email us to win one of these terrific books!

The books you can win & authors you’ll hear on the 6/8 & 6/15 Literary New England Radio Show

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June8_3booksTonight, June 8, we feature three women authors as interesting as their books. Join host Cindy Wolfe Boynton at 8 pm for novel talk and book giveaways as she speaks with:

  • Laura Kasischke on Mind of Winter. The latest novel by this bestselling poet and recently released in paperback, it’s the story of a mother who wakes up on a snowy Christmas sure that 15 years ago, something dark followed their adopted daughter home from Russia and is now afflicting them all.
  • Miranda Beverly-Whittemore on Bittersweet. Now a paperback, this suspenseful and cinematic novel tells the story of Mabel Dagmar, a young woman whose East Coast college roommate gives her friendship, a boyfriend, access to wealth and, for the first time in her life, the sense that she belongs–until everything goes all wrong.
  • Maura Weiler on Contrition. An inspiring, debut novel about very different twin sisters separated by birth and then reconnected through art, faith and the father who touched the world with his paintings.

All three of these books are paperbacks, so you can throw them right into your favorite summer bag!

3_books_June15Also mark your calendars for the 8 pm Monday, June 15, Literary New England Radio Show and an hour of lively conversations with three diverse authors about three unforgettable books:

  • Sy Montgomery on The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness. This touching, entertaining and profound memoir explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus, and the remarkable connections it’s able to make with humans.
  • Jean Zimmerman on Savage Girl. Recently released in paperback, it’s the story of a wealthy and outlandish Manhattan couple who adopt a girl purportedly raised by wolves with the goal of civilizing and introducing her into the high society of the Gilded Age.
  • Charles Dubow on Girl in the Moonlight. A scorching tale on countless summer recommended reading lists about one man’s all-consuming desire for a beautiful, bewitching and beguiling woman.

On both the June 8 and June 15 shows, listen and Tweet or email us to win one of these titles! Our Twitter handle is @LitNewEngland and our email litnewengland@gmail.com.

Colin Barrett, Jonathan Odell & Susan Wilson on tonight’s Literary New England Radio Show

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On the Monday, April 6, episode of the Literary New England Radio Show at 8 p.m., we’ll highlight and give away two novels and a short story collection written by three acclaimed authors:

  • Colin Barrett on Young Skins. A multi-award-winning debut short story collection set in the fictional, rural town of Glanbeigh, Ireland–a desolate spot where buffoonery and tension simmer and erupt, and booze-sodden boredom fills the corners of every pub and nightclub.
  • Jonathan Odell on Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League. Inspired by Odell’s childhood in pre-Civil Rights Mississippi, two young mothers–one wealthy and white and the other poor and black–have only two things in common: the devastating loss of their children, and a deep and abiding loathing for one another. As their relationship and beliefs grow, so does an unexpected friendship.
  • Susan Wilson on The Dog Who Saved Me. After his faithful canine partner is killed in the line of duty, Officer Cooper Harrison finds himself jobless, on the verge of divorce and in a self-destructive rut. Then he becomes an animal control officer back in his hometown, where he works to rescue a wounded and gun-shy yellow Lab gone feral.

Hosted by Cindy Wolfe Boynton. Check us out here on Tumblr for more book giveaways, author talk, event information and to listen to past episodes – book-tatstic updates posted regularly!

Marisa de los Santos, Mary Norris & Charles Finch on tonight’s Literary New England Radio Show

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Don’t miss the hour we’ll spend tonight at 8 pm with two New York Times best-selling novelists and a Common Queen. We’ll also give away the books we feature, as we talk with:

  • Marisa de los Santos. Her newly released novel The Precious One tells the story of half-sisters Taisy and Willow, told from their
    alternating points of view. Brought together by their father, it’s a
    book about family secrets, lost love and dangerous obsession.
  • Mary Norris. A copy editor at The New Yorker for more than 30 years, her warm and humorous memoir Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen is not so much about a need for perfect grammar, but about a love for words and language.
  • Charles Finch. His stand-alone novel The Last Enchantments
    came out in paperback earlier this month. In it, a Yale grad whose work
    in politics leads to disappointment finds himself caught in a whirlwind
    of unexpected friendships, and romantic entanglements, that threaten
    his safe plans.

Hosted by Cindy Wolfe Boynton. Visit the Literary New England blog
for more book giveaways, author talk, event information and to listen
to past episodes – book-tatstic updates posted regularly!  

Monday, 3/23 book giveaways and interviews with 3 fabulous authors: @OliverBooks, @sylviatrue & @the_carpentrix …

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Three books, written by three women, that are as different and compelling as their authors. Tune to the Literary New England Radio Show at 8 pm this Monday, March 23, in for book giveaways and conversations with:

  • Lauren Oliver on Vanishing Girls. An edgy, compelling YA novel by this New York Times bestselling author about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident, and who are searching to find both themselves and each other.
  • Nina MacLaughlin on Hammer Head. A warm and inspiring memoir about Nina’s decision to quit her job sitting behind a desk at a Boston newspaper and apply for a job on Craigslist to become a carpenter’s assistant.
  • Sylvia True on The Wednesday Group. A captivating and moving debut novel about five women who share never-before-told secrets, and bond over painful truths, when they meet at a support group for partners of sex addicts.

Hosted by Cindy Wolfe Boynton.  Check back here regularly for book giveaways, author talk, event information, to listen to past Literary New England Radio Show episodes, and for other book-tatstic stuff!