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Thanks to the generosity of Linda Lappin, author of Prisoner of Palmary and The Etruscan readers world wide have a chance to win a copy of her latest book, Katherine's Wish. Her books have received numerous awards. She teaches Creative Writing for the United Studies Abroad Consortium in Viterbo.
I first became a reader of Katherine Mansfield a few months ago by a happy accident and am now an avid admirer of her work I have now begun what I call The Reading Life Katherine Mansfield Project in which I will be posting on each of her short stories. The more I read of and about her the more I am convinced of her artistic depth. She was, according to Virginia Woolf, the only writer who ever made her feel jealous of their talent. In one comment I received a message from an officer of the Katherine Mansfield Society telling me of their web page. On it I found a very well done chronology of the life and times of Mansfield by Linda Lappin. From there I found Ms Lappan's own web page, www.Lindalappin.net and discovered she has recently published a novel based on the last five years of the life of Katherine Mansfield. I at once ordered the book and also send an e-mail to Ms Lappin advising her I would be reviewing her book soon. She then very kindly offered to sponsor a giveaway on my blog for BBAW.
I will soon be doing a post on Katherine's Wish (a book I found beautifully written, deeply moving and very edifying). Here are some of the reviews posted on Goodreads.com on the book:
In her new novel, Linda Lappin (author of THE ETRUSCAN) explores the final years in the life of short story writer and literary figure, Katherine Mansfield, focusing on her relationships with Ida Baker and John Middleton Murry against the backdrop of her ceaseless journeys and changes of residence -- the South of France, London, Italy, Switzerland, and finally, Fontainebleau. The narrative incorporates modernist techniques used by Mansfield, Virginia Wolff, and D.H. Lawrence in their fiction. Though the book deals with tragic issues, it celebrates Mansfield's deep love of life, which never abandoned her, and its final message is a life-affirming one of joy and of wholeness achieved. "KATHERINE'S WISH is a beautifully observed novel [that] reveals a core truth: that Mansfield's was not so much a creative life cut short as one that flourished so long against all odds." -- Alexandra Johnson, author of THE HIDDEN WRITER "KATHERINE'S WISH, fifteen years in the making, is a dazzling bit of fictional sorcery, conjuring to life the bright and talented swirl of modern society in the 1920s... This novel is a must read, whether you have historical interests per se or only enjoy a story so compelling and moving that there's no putting it down. I certainly couldn't!
Anyway, to enter just leave comment expressing your interest. The contest is open world wide to all followers of my blog. If you do not have a Google profile, the please leave your e mail in the comment. Last day for entry is Sept 17, 2010. The winner will be chosen at random and notified by E mail and announced on my blog after BBAW ends.
I will post my thoughts on Katherine's Wish very soon. I will say now that Katherine Mansfield came to life for me in Lappin's wonderful deeply felt book.