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Monday, September 13, 2010

BBAW Giveaway-Katherine's Wish by Linda Lappin

Book Blogger Appreciation Week Sept 13 to Sept 17-2010-Giveaway-Katherine Wish by Linda Lappin

Leave a comment to win!   Open to all followers, old and new world wide.

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, 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 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.

Mel u


Tiina said...

I like Katherine Mansfield's stories very, very much. Your project is a fabulous idea! And, yes, I'd love to win Katherine's Wish. :)


Bridge said...

I have read some of Katherine Mansfield's short stories, and I would love to read Katherine's Wish. ;-)

Best wishes,

The Phantom Paragrapher said...

As a new zealander , Ive grown up on Katherine Mansfield and Visited her house in Thorndon many a time.

Hey , Im following on BBAW and want to say what an amazing site and am glad to be a new follower and keep up the good work as you are appreciated by your following.

The Phantom Paragrapher said...

As a NZ'er Ive grown up on Katherine Mansfield and have visited her home in Thorndon many a times. What an awesome Prize.

Hey , Im following on BBAW and want to say what an amazing site and am glad to be a new follower and keep up the good work as you are appreciated by your following.

Judith H said...

I've been following your Katherine Mansfield posts, but I must admit I've never read anything by her.

This book sounds like a good way to start learning more about her.

(Judith @ Leeswammes)

Michelle Stockard Miller said...

This sounds like an interesting book. Would love to win it! Thanks.

I'm a GFC follower.


Anonymous said...

This sounds fascinating - I'd love to read it! Thanks so much for giving it away!

ang_vaughan at yahoo dot com

Kaye said...

This sounds like a wonderful book. Please include me in the drawing. I'm a new follower. Have a great week celebrating BBAW!


Minding Spot said...

I've never heard of Katherine Mansfield but would like to know more!

I follow you on twitter @ spunnsugarz

wendyhines (at) hotmail (dot) com

Misha said...

I would love to win this book. Thank you! Follower via gfc


Sugar and Snark said...

I would love to win this book!
Please enter me :)

chidoryx AT hotmail DOT com

Amy (ArtsyBookishGal) said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to win this book!

Amy S.
artsyrockerchick at aim dot com

gautami tripathy said...

Do count me in! I do follow you via google reader. Easier for me as I don't check GFC!


Suko said...

Please enter me in this great giveaway!

Thanks for hosting this, Mel. I am, of course, a follower of your wonderful blog.

jhitomi said...

I would love to read this; I've always been a K Mansfield fan.
jhbalvin at gmail dot com

Alyce said...

I would like to be entered.

akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

Unknown said...

I admit I am not familiar with Linda Lappin but I'm very interested in this book. I don't know a lot about Katherine Mansfield but I think she was an amazingly talented writer and I'd like to read this book to know more about her.

Thank you!
~ Amy
Aimala127 AT gmail DOT com

Melissa Wiebe said...

Sounds like a fascinating book and like something I would read (yes, I would like to be entered into the contest).

Linda Lappin said...

Dear Mel - thanks so much for posting this - and for your kind words about my novel Katherine's Wish. Mansfield is still often defined as the most modern writer, and so many women and so many writers, both male and female, find fragments of their own lives in her stories, diaries, and letters. That's basically what moved me to write this book, a long term fascination and identification with certain aspects of Mansfield's life --
I have also always been intrigued by Mansfield's relationships with Gurdjieff, Ouspensky, Woolf, and DH Lawrence. Thanks also to all of you participants who have signed up for the giveaway! If you don't win, you can still go to my website and download via itunes four free audiobook podcasts of sections of the Katherine's Wish, including the chapter dealing with Mansfield's relationship with Virginia Woolf, entitled A Public of Two. Good luck!

Unknown said...

This looks interesting. Thank you for the chance!

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hendy said...

Thanks for the great giveaway, the book sounds great. I an a new GFC follower and would love to be entered. Thanks

Unknown said...

Yes please I would like to win this book. Friend and follower. :)

Misusedinnocence said...

I would love to read this. Thanks! :)

Tribute Books said...

Gfc follower , would love to

Brendan said...

I'm excited to find this blog, have loved Katherine Mansfield's stories for years - I recorded 'Miss Brill' and others for Librivox - but my appreciation for her is growing as I read her letters. Thanks for spreading the word. bluemind(at)gmail(dot)com.

Giada M. said...

she's a new author to me. Thank you for the chance to win this book! It sounds very interesting.

Giada M.

fabgiada (at) gmail (dot) com

Sue said...

I'd love a chance! Thanks for the giveaway.

s.mickelson at gmail dot com

Elise said...

I would love to win her book, I've never read anything by her yet.

New follower
caliblue7 at gmail dot com

jen7waters said...

I want to enter, if possible! thank you.