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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Wonderful Win: Precious by Sandra Novack

Precious by Sandra Novack

Publisher: Random House

I won this book from Anna at Diary of an Eccentric - and it is autographed to me from the author~ Very cool! Anna's was one of the first blogs that I started following about 9 months ago when I started blogging - and it is still one of my favorites!

About the book: The summer of 1978, ten-year-old Vicki Anderson rides her bike to the local park and goes missing. Her tight-knit blue-collar Pennsylvania neighborhood, where children roam the streets at night playing lightning tag, above ground pools sparkle in backyards, and flowers scent the air, will never be the same.

Down the street from Vicki's house, another family is in crisis. Troubled by her past, headstrong Natalia Kisch has abandoned her husband and two daughters for another man. Frank Kisch, grappling with his anger, is left to raise their girls alone, oblivious to his daughters' struggles with both disappearances: Eva, seventeen, plunges into an affair with her married high school teacher, and nine-year-old Sissy escapes to a world of imagination and storytelling that becomes so magical it pierces the reality of the everyday.

When Natalia unexpectedly returns, the struggles and tensions that have built over the summer erupt into a series of events that change the Kisches irrevocably - forcing them to piece together their complicated pasts and commitments to one another.

In this haunting, atmospheric debut, Sandra Novack examines loss, loyalty, and a family in crisis. Lyrical and elegiac, Precious illuminates our attempts to make sense of the volatility that surrounds and consumes us, and explores our ability, even during the most trying times, to remember and hold on to those we love most. (from the book jacket)

About the author: Sandra Novack's fiction has appeared in The Iowa Review, The Gettysburg Review, Gulf Coast and Mississippi Review, among other publications. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize three times, and holds an MFA from Vermont College. Novack currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, With her husband, Phil, and many animals.

Precious
Publisher/Publication Date: Random House, February 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6680-3
288 pages

3 comments:

Serena said...

congrats on winning this one...i'm jealous.

bermudaonion said...

I won this one too! It looks so good.

Rebecca :) said...

Congrats! I've had my eye on this one as well.

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